Physics-Astronomy: For the first time ever, astronomers have found evidence of a magnetic field that’s linked with the vast intergalactic ‘bridge’ that joins our two nearest galactic neighbors. Called the Magellanic Bridge, this bridge is an enormous stream of neutral gas that spreads some 75,000 light-years between our two neighboring galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC).
Even though astronomers had foretold it was there, this is the first evidence of its magnetic field, and it can help us understand how these vast bridges come to be.
Lead researcher of this recent study, Jane Kaczmarek from the University of Sydney, said: “There were hints that this magnetic field might exist, but no one had observed it until now,”
Our adjoining galactic neighbors, the LMC and SMC (photographed below) are some 160,000 and 200,000 light-years from Earth respectively, and are observable in the southern night sky.