Enormous arms of hot gas have been revealed in the Coma galaxy cluster in data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton. A specially processed Chandra image is shown with optical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to highlight these spectacular arms. Researchers think that these arms — which span at least a half million light years — were most likely formed when smaller galaxy clusters had their gas stripped away by the head wind created by the motion of the clusters through the hot gas.
NASA/CXC/MPE/J.Sanders, et al.; Optical: SDSS