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A giant magnetic bridge between galaxies

18 May 2017, 18:51 UTC
A giant magnetic bridge between galaxies ESA/Planck; Acknowledgement: M.-A. Miville-Deschênes, CNRS – IAS, U. Paris-XI

This story was released earlier this month, but it wasn’t until today (May 18, 2017) that it made a splash on social media. I suspect that’s because some smart media person thought to include the image above (which doesn’t show the magnetic bridge itself, but instead is a map of our Milky Way galaxy’s magnetic field). Still, it’s a very cool story, a magnetic bridge between galaxies, in this case the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are satellite galaxies to our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Scientists haven’t seen a magnetic bridge between galaxies before, and they’re calling this one the Magellanic Bridge.

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