Magnetic Field Structure in the Nearby Starburst Galaxy NGC253
Our best information about magnetic fields in other galaxies is obtained by studying the radio-wavelength synchrotron radiation emitted by cosmic-ray electrons as they move through a galaxy's magnetic field. In this image, radio data from the NRAO Very Large Array and the 100-m Effelsberg telescope are combined with a three-filter, optical wavelength image of the nearby galaxy NGC 253 (the "Silver Coin" galaxy) from the ESO Wide Field Imager. The vectors overlaid on the optical image show the orientation of the magnetic field in NGC 253, as measured by the radio data; the vector length is proportional to the polarized emission. Note that the magnetic field is detected not only in the galaxy's disk but also above and below, demonstrating the presence of a "radio halo." This may be caused by an outflow of gas from the disk into the halo.
Legacy Astronomical Images
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Legacy Astronomical Image
Volker Heesen (AIRUB), Rainer Beck (MPIfR), Marita Krause (MPIfR), Ralf-J?rgen Dettmar (AIRUB)
Very Large Array (VLA)
Type of Observation
Center of Image
RA 1:47:33.100, Dec: -25:17:18.000
Field of View
1.000000 x 1.000000 degrees
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Legacy Astronomical Images, “Magnetic Field Structure in the Nearby Starburst Galaxy NGC253,” NRAO Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33568.