(ORDO NEWS) — In the center of the Milky Way, experts recorded almost a thousand magnetic filaments using radio waves. Their length reaches 150 light years. To date, experts cannot tell what these phenomena are and how exactly they were formed.
For the first time, filaments in the central part of the galaxy were discovered in the 80s of the last century by Professor Farhad Yuzef-Zade, who worked at the US Northwestern University.
Then, with the help of special equipment, it was possible to examine a small number of such objects, which were located either in pairs or in small groups. The peculiarity was that the threads were at approximately the same distance from each other.
Half a century ago, specialists managed to find out that these threads consist of electrons from cosmic rays. Under the influence of a magnetic field, they spin at a tremendous speed, which almost reaches the speed of light.
Today, researchers used the powerful MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa and found that there are actually many more filaments than previously thought. In total, they were able to detect almost a thousand mysterious objects.
To obtain the clearest possible picture, astronomers spent three years. They interconnected 20 different observations that were made for separate areas of the central part of the galaxy.
To make it easier to see the threads, the background has been removed from the main image. The result surprised the experts. They noted that the resulting picture resembles a work of modern art.
For now, experts speculate that the filaments may have come from the old activity of a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. What is most surprising is that there is an equal distance between the threads.
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