Interstellar Magnetic Fields

8 Jan 2022

At ... magnetic fields are the secret ingredients of the interstellar medium. They are involved in the process of making stars. An international team led by Di Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has obtained accurate magnetic field strength in a molecular cloud, a region that seems ready to form stars. The study was published in the journal Nature, January 5th 2022. For a print version go to

Meanwhile, Robert sent in a link to ... on close inspection the team noticed that the gas converges at various points along the filament. This led them to conclude hydrogen gas will gradually condense into a molecular form in such environments. However, many questions remain unanswered. Robert takes the opportunity to comment, urging people to go to ... where such convergences could be viewed as pinches in galactic wide Birkeland currents. 

You can see the same story at ... and we are told the study is in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics and was led by Jonas Syed of the Max Planck Institute. The idea was to determine how the two most common of the hydrogen isotopes converge to create dense clouds that breed new stars. The filament itself lies beneath the plane of the Milky Way. Over at the Holoscience link [above] we are told plasma is the most dominant part of the universe.

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