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August 20, 2008 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-28

Hubble Sees Magnetic Monster in Erupting Galaxy

A Hubble Heritage Release

August 20, 2008: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found an answer to a long-standing puzzle by resolving giant but delicate filaments shaped by a strong magnetic field around the active galaxy NGC 1275. It is the most striking example of the influence of the immense tentacles of extragalactic magnetic fields. The galaxy was photographed in July and August 2006 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys in three color filters.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: A. Fabian (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK)