Jan 13, 2020

Breathtaking Image Shows Powerful Magnetic ‘Ropes’ Surrounding The Whale Galaxy

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Sometimes you just have to stand back in awe at the beauty of the Universe – and that’s absolutely the case with this image from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which captures the side view of a spiral galaxy know as the Whale Galaxy.

But if you look closer, the stunning picture also shows something else: the magnetic ‘ropes’ around the edges of the galaxy’s disc.

These filaments, like cosmic strands of hair, show the galaxy’s magnetic field extending into its halo.

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