Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Anchoring galactic magnetic fields in giant molecular clouds: a bird’s-eye view
Li, Hua-Bai; Henning, Thomas
Planeten- und Sternentstehung, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg
SummaryAstronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have measured for the first time the alignment of magnetic fields in gigantic clouds of gas and dust in a distant galaxy. The results suggest that such magnetic fields play a key role in channelling matter to form denser clouds, and thus in setting the stage for the birth of new stars. The work was published in the November 24 edition 2011 of the journal Nature.