Chandra Combs Through 'Hair' of Medusa Galaxy

In ancient legends, looking at Medusa turned unfortunate viewers to stone, but NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory finds the Medusa galaxy easy on the eyes. The mythological Medusa had hair of writhing snakes, while this galaxy's "hair" is a tidal tail formed by a collision between galaxies. X-ray data has pinpointed a bright ornament in the left side of Medusa's hair -- not a shining jewel, but a black hole that may hold clues to star formation.

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