Science: The Case of the Cosmic Bends

A spectacular magnetic field may be sculpting the Milky Way

Astronomers have identified fiery quasars and the wispy shadows of supernova explosions at the very edges of the known universe. Yet the core of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, has long been an elusive stranger. Thick clouds of interstellar dust and gas absorb most of the light from the galaxy's central bulge long before it reaches planet earth, a small and distant suburb 30,000 light-years away from the Milky Way's midsection.*

Three radio astronomers have now probed behind that celestial curtain and found a spectacular feature that has never before been closely...

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