For The First Time, Astronomers Have Found A Giant ‘Magnetic Bridge’ Between Galaxies

The study of magnetic fields is fascinating, and presents tremendous implications for how we perceive our physical material world. The leading scientists in this field are, as far as I’m concerned, over at the HeartMath Institute, which continues to publish groundbreaking research on how these magnetic fields, which all living things possess, reveal the interconnectedness of all life and impact us in a number of ways. See:

 Magnetic Fields Carry Biologically Relevant Information That ‘Connects All Living Systems.’

Synchronization of Autonomic Nervous System Rhythms With Geomagnetic Activity Found In Human Subjects

What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

Now, for the first time, scientists have discovered sound evidence for a magnetic field that is “associated with the vast intergalactic ‘bridge’ that links our two nearest galactic neighbours.”

According to a press release by the University of Toronto’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, “Such cosmic magnetic fields can only be detected indirectly, and this detection was made by observing the radio signals from hundreds of very distant galaxies that lie beyond the [large and small magnetic clouds].”

The field is associated with what’s known as the Megallanic Bridge, which is a strand of gas stretching 75 thousand lightyears between our Milky Way galaxy (and the others that most probably inhabit it) and its nearest galactic neighbours.

Just as the work of scientists at HeartMath has shown the connections between all living things via our magnetic fields, it appears there are also cosmic connections which link cosmic magnetic fields. Looking at the smallest forms of physical matter, scaled up to the geometric patterns in nature, these are also visible at the largest known scales, out in space.

According to PhD student Jane Kaczmarek:

There were hints that this magnetic field might exist, but no one had observed it until now. The radio emission from the distant galaxies served as background ‘flashlights’ that shine through the Bridge. . . . Its magnetic field then changes the polarization of the radio signal. How the polarized light is changed tells us about the intervening magnetic field. . . .Understanding the role that magnetic fields play in the evolution of galaxies and their environment is a fundamental question in astronomy that remains to be answered.

The signal of the magnetic field detected was 1 million times the strength of our own planet’s field. There are obviously still a lot of questions to be answered.

The U of T release finished off by emphasizing:

The paper is one of a growing number of new results that are building a map of the Universe’s magnetism. According to Prof. Bryan Gaensler, Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, and a co-author on the paper, “Not only are entire galaxies magnetic, but the faint delicate threads joining galaxies are magnetic, too. Everywhere we look in the sky, we find magnetism.”

The next question to answer is, how exactly are these magnetic fields generated, and what can they tell us about the nature of the universe and the nature of reality? Furthermore, what role do and did they play in the evolution of the galaxy, and of human life?

This study is also part of a much larger effort to map the magnetism of the entire universe.

The research has been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyand you can read the full paper for free over at arXiv.org.

Below is a great discussion on this recent discovery:

 

 

 

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