Monday, March 11, 2019

Starburst Pathways

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day combines images from the SOFIA airborne observatory, the Kitt Peak National Observatory on the ground and the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope to study the inner workings of Messier 82, the Cigar Galaxy. Signs of the galactic magnetic field are captured here, linked to the "galactic wind", showing how both help the circulation of newly created stars from where they are created and out into the rest of the galaxy.

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