In the new map, red areas indicate the parts of the sky where the magnetic field points towards the observer, while the blue areas indicate the opposite
Researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics have pooled some 41,000 measurements from 26 separate projects to produce the highest resolution map of the Milky Way's magnetic field ever produced (Photo: Bala Sivakumar)
A team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) has produced the highest resolution map of the Milky Way's magnetic field ever produced. The map pools over 41,000 measurements from across 26 projects. "The resulting database is equivalent to peppering the entire sky with sources separated by an angular distance of two full moons," said Dr. Tracy Clarke of the Naval Research Laboratory.
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