15 Breathtaking Photos from Space That Will Blow Your Mind

The Cigar Galaxy’s Magnetic Field

A composite image of the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82), a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.

The magnetic field detected by the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-Plus instrument (known as HAWC+) on SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), shown as streamlines, appears to follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by the intense nuclear starburst.

The image combines visible starlight (gray) and a tracing of hydrogen gas (red) observed from the Kitt Peak Observatory, with near-infrared and mid-infrared starlight and dust (yellow) observed by SOFIA and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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  1. D. Lloyd says

    So, by this statement, you are saying the Mankind has landed something on the Sun, AND ITMOVES? Ridiculous. Now I know why Scientist are crazy.

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