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August 20, 2008 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-28

Hubble Sees Magnetic Monster in Erupting Galaxy

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Video: Pan Across NGC 1275's Filaments

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The red filaments seen near the center of galaxy NGC 1275 are fine threads of gas up to 20,000 light-years long, but only 200 light-years wide. These are sustained by magnetic fields.

Video Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Kornmesser and L. Christensen (ESA/Hubble), and G. Bacon (STScI)

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

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