Dec. 16, 2008 (1 p.m. EDT)
For the first time, astronomers have clearly seen the effects of dark energy on the most massive collapsed objects in the Universe using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. By tracking how dark energy has stifled the growth of galaxy clusters and combining this with previous studies, scientists have obtained the best clues ever about what dark energy is and what the destiny of the Universe could be.-Press Release
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Panelists:Alexey Vikhlinin, (Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass. )
William Forman, (Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass.)
David Spergel, (Theoretical astrophysicist, Princeton University)
Figure 5. A sample of Chandra galaxy cluster images: local (left) and distant (right).
Paper Title: Chandra Cluster Cosmology Project III: Cosmological Parameter Constraints (pdf format)
Full Author List: A.Vikhlinin (SAO & IKI, Moscow), A. Kravtsov (Chicago), R. Burenin (IKI, Moscow), H. Ebeling (Hawaii), W. Forman (SAO), A. Hornstrup (NSI, Copenhagen), C. Jones (SAO), S. Murray (SAO), D. Nagai (Yale), H. Quintana (PUCdC, Santiago), A. Voevodkin (IKI, Moscow; LANL)Scientist Contact Information:
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