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  • Author(s): Golovich, N
  • Dawson, WA
  • Wittman, D
  • Ogrean, G
  • Weeren, RV
  • Bonafede, A
  • et al.

We present an analysis of the merging cluster MACS J1149.5+2223 using archival imaging from Subaru/Suprime-Cam and multi-object spectroscopy from Keck/DEIMOS and Gemini/GMOS. We employ two- and three-dimensional substructure tests and determine that MACS J1149.5+2223 is composed of two separate mergers among three subclusters occurring ∼1 Gyr apart. The primary merger gives rise to elongated X-ray morphology and a radio relic in the southeast. The brightest cluster galaxy is a member of the northern subcluster of the primary merger. This subcluster is very massive (). The southern subcluster is also very massive (), yet it lacks an associated X-ray surface brightness peak, and it has been unidentified previously despite the detailed study of this Frontier Field cluster. A secondary merger is occurring in the north along the line of sight (LOS) with a third, less massive subcluster (). We perform a Monte Carlo dynamical analysis on the main merger and estimate a collision speed at pericenter of km s . We show the merger to be returning from apocenter with core passage occurring Gyr before the observed state. We identify the LOS merging subcluster in a strong lensing analysis in the literature and show that it is likely bound to MACS J1149 despite having reached an extreme collision velocity of ∼4000 km s . -1 -1

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