Magnetic Fingerprint | Space Wallpaper

Milky Way's Magnetic Fingerprint

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This fascinating space wallpaper shows the magnetic field of our Milky Way Galaxy as seen by ESA’s Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way. The magnetic field is displayed using a visualization technique called line integral convolution (LIC).

Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration


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