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Photo Journal: Web of discovery

(Image courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Spaghetti-like magnetic forces forming magnetic fields around a black hole are seen in this computer image provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other organizations in an international research team recently announced that they have detected the magnetic fields outside a black hole in the Milky Way galaxy, some 25,000 light years away from Earth. This black hole measures roughly 26 million kilometers in diameter and has the mass equivalent of about 4 million suns. The finding has been published in the journal Science. (Image courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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