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  • Vicki Farine

    Jets from a black hole created the eyes, nose, and mouth of this eerie flaming skull in the Perseus galaxy cluster. Image courtesy Fabian (IoA Cambridge) et al., NASA

  • Phil O'Brien

    In honour of Halloween, the "Screaming Skull" galaxy cluster! Credit: A. Fabian (IoA Cambridge) et al., NASA This screaming skull above is actually a Chandra image of the Perseus Cluster of galaxies in x-rays.

  • Diana Dill

    They Came From Outer Space

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