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How about crescent stars? (Letters).

In the photograph of X-ray jets and point sources in the galaxy Centaurus A, shown in "Shocks jolt jet set galaxy, X rays reveal" (SN: 8/25/01, p. 118), many of the point sources seem to be regularly spaced along arcs. The pattern is reminiscent of an X-ray diffraction pattern from a crystal (a microscopic event mirrored here on a cosmic scale!). This could be an optical illusion--or perhaps the result of some physical phenomenon such as spherical shock waves colliding or cosmic strings.
Barton M. Bresnick
Mansfield, Mass.
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Author:Bresnick, Barton M.
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Date:Oct 20, 2001
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