Friday, December 3, 2021

Solar system surrounded by a massive ‘magnetic tunnel’: new research

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New research by an astronomer from the University of Toronto suggested that the entire solar system was surrounded by a massive magnetic tunnel.

Multiple theories had been given time by time to elaborate the details of the solar system’s formation and its functionality, however, the latest study published by a science journal suggested that a massive magnetic tunnel is surrounding the entire solar system.

The study led by Research Associate at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics Jennifer West mentioned that the two bright structures that are seen on opposite sides of the sky are connected and made of rope-like filaments in reality which were previously thought to be separate.

The astronomer described the connection as a tunnel around the solar system. It suggested that the two structures are connected as unit.

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West describes this connection as forming what looks like a tunnel around our solar system.

The data results of West’s research have been published in The Astrophysical Journal.

The two bright structures, called “the North Polar Spur” and “the Fan Region,” have been known as two separate structures for a long time and most scientific explanations have focused on them individually.

For their study, the researchers simulated what the radio sky looks like from Earth by building their own computer model.

The researchers simulated what the radio sky looks like from Earth by building their own computer model. With the help of this structure, the team was able to infer that the two structures were connected with “rope-like” magnetic filaments, mentioned in the study.

The structures are shaped like long ropes and made up of charged particles and a magnetic field. The study suggests that they are located about 350 light-years away from us and are about 1000 light-years long.

The expert in magnetism in galaxies and the interstellar medium said in a statement that the magnetic fields do not exist in isolation.

West believes that they all must connect to each other. Hence the next step, according to West, is to better understand how this local magnetic field connects both to the larger-scale Galactic magnetic field, and also to the smaller-scale magnetic fields of our Sun and Earth.

West also expressed her agreement with the suggestion that the new tunnel model not only brings fresh insight to the science community but also a ground-breaking concept for the rest of those present on the planet.

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