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Earth is surrounded by a huge magnetic tunnel, study claims

By T.K. Randall
October 19, 2021 · Comment icon 7 comments

Is our view of the cosmos filled with huge, invisible magnetic filaments ? Image Credit: NASA / Terry Virts
A new paper has put forward a radical new theory to explain mysterious magnetic structures in the sky.
According to Dr. Jennifer West, Research Associate at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, two enigmatic structures that we see on opposite sides of the sky - the North Polar Spur and the Fan Region - are in fact connected together by a vast cosmic network of magnetic filaments.

These filaments, she argues, form a 'tunnel' that encircles the entire solar system.

"If we were to look up in the sky, we would see this tunnel-like structure in just about every direction we looked," she says. "That is, if we had eyes that could see radio light."

For decades, scientists have puzzled over the nature of these two structures, however this is the first time that anyone has been able to show that they may in fact be connected together.

"A few years ago, one of our co-authors, Tom Landecker, told me about a paper from 1965, from the early days of radio astronomy," said West.
"Based on the crude data available at this time, the authors (Mathewson and Milne), speculated that these polarized radio signals could arise from our view of the Local Arm of the galaxy, from inside it."

"That paper inspired me to develop this idea and tie my model to the vastly better data that our telescopes give us today."

According to her findings, this huge magnetic 'tunnel' in space could be around 1,000 light years across - an estimate that seems consistent with existing data on the interconnected structures.

As things stand her findings require further confirmation, however the results are tantalizing.

"When Jennifer first pitched this to me, I thought it was too 'out-there' to be a possible explanation," said astronomer Bryan Gaensler of the University of Toronto.

"Now I'm excited to see how the rest of the astronomy community reacts."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
Orbital systems seem to be electromagnetic and if the universe looks as neuron and brain-like from a distance as it does... Why not? This should be expected.
Comment icon #2 Posted by NCC1701 3 years ago
We could use this tunnel to travel faster then light using electromagnetic engines.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
What is this even supposed to mean?    
Comment icon #4 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
Make Earth great again. We're gonna have the biggest greatest giant magnetic tunnel and martians and Klingons are gonna pay for it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by NinoWhite301 3 years ago
This is probably part of the stellar network our Sun/Sol/Solar System is connected with the other stars out there. These planetary bodies possess enough of a EM Field they can be utilized for travel. Just like our body can be used, our chakras are like tiny wormholes. Beings with sufficient control over space time metrics could shrink themselves and utilize a chakra to travel.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 3 years ago
Chakras as wormholes? I really hope not i dont want my liver or heart get sucked in the hole and ending in somebody's launch or dinner....
Comment icon #7 Posted by stevemagegod 3 years ago
Let me guess this starts in the Bermuda Triangle

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