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Astronomers are puzzled by the announcement that the masses of the largest objects in the universe appear to depend on which method is used to weigh them. The new work was presented at a specialist discussion meeting on 'Scaling Relations of Galaxy Clusters' organised by the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) at Liverpool John Moores University and supported by the Royal Astronomical Society.Clusters of galaxies are the largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe containing thousands of galaxies like the Milky Way and their weight is an important probe of their dark matter content and evolution through cosmic time. Measurements used to weigh these systems carried out in three different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum: X-ray, optical and millimetre wavelengths, give rise to significantly different results.

Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). "Cosmic 'axis of evil': Masses of universe's largest objects appear to depend on which method is used to weigh them." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 July 2011. <'>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110630073417.htm>.
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