Cool Gas in the Virgo Cluster?

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Science  01 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5253, pp. 1244-1245
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5253.1244


Galaxy clusters often contain hot intergalactic gas that emits x-rays. In his Perspective, Fabian discusses recent results by Lieu et al. [Astrophys. J. 458, L5 (1996)] showing an unusually high amount of x-radiation at lower energies. This could be the signature of a cooler component to the intergalactic gas, which may require reexamination of current cluster models.