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Intergalactic gas clouds in Abell 2597. Illustration of condensing clouds of cold molecular gas falling onto Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy. These clouds condense out of the hot, ionised gas that fills the space between the galaxies in this cluster. New data from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile shows that these clouds are raining in on the galaxy, plunging toward the supermassive black hole at its centre. For the ALMA data, see image C030/0222. Abell 2597 is about a billion light years from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius. Illustration published in 2016.
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