A team of astronomers has captured an incredible image of our Milky Way’s core that reveals “the best look yet at the population of mysterious ‘radiofilaments’ found nowhere else.
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The picture was Published by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and consists of 20 separate observations that took more than 200 hours to collect. The radio telescope used for the observations is a 64-antenna radio telescope called the MeerKAT array, located at the North Cape in South Africa. The array of extremely sensitive antennas was aimed at the center of our Milky Way, about 25,000 light-years from Earth.
The image below shows parallel radio-emitting magnetized filaments, which astronomers call “filaments“. These filaments consist of emissions from the galactic center, where the 4 million solar mass supermassive black hole Sagittarius A is at its brightest. The researchers behind the report say the details of this image could be a gold mine for scientific research.
“Measuring up to 100 light-years across, these unique structures have resisted a conclusive explanation for their origin since their discovery over 35 years ago. MeerKAT has discovered many more such filaments than previously known, and the new data release will allow astronomers to study these objects as a population for the first time.‘ the researchers write.
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