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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge


An international team of scientists (including Cambridge astronomers) have successfully mapped the magnetic field of our galaxy, the Milky Way, using telescopes that observe the sky in the microwave range. The new research is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The Collaboration has presented a series of 6 scientific articles, giving the most accurate description to date of the polarization of the emission of the Milky Way at microwave wavelengths. The new results allow the team to obtain information about the structure of the magnetic field of the Milky Way, as well as helping to understand the energetic processes which took place close to the birth of the Universe. 

This text is excerpted from a press release put out by the RAS. Read the full release here.

Image Credit: The QUIJOTE Collaboration