A cosmic feature similar to a candy cane resurfaces at the core of our galaxy. However, it is not a cosmic link. It crosses 190 light-years and is part of many small strands of ionized gas dubbed filaments that transmit radio signals.
A Goddard-developed GISMO device captured the space object. The Goddard-IRAM Superconducting 2-Millimeter Observer (GISMO), represents an instrument that was utilized in a concert with a 30-meter radio telescope situated in Spain. Also, it was led by the Institute of Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter Range headquartered in France.
Johannes Staguhn, the one who leads the GISMO project at Goddard, detailed the importance and efficiency of the device. He stated: “GISMO observes microwaves with a wavelength of 2 millimeters, allowing us to explore the galaxy in the transition zone between infrared light and longer radio wavelengths.” He is also an astronomer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
A huge and mysterious “candy cane” formation was spotted in the Milky Way thanks to NASA’s GISMO
GISMO succeeded in identifying the most significant radio filament in the galactic core, dubbed the Radio Arc, which creates the straight part of the cosmic candy cone. Such a thing represents the shortest wavelength at which those odd shapes have been noticed. Researchers explained how the filaments delineate the parts of a massive bubble made by some energetic event at the galactic center, situated within the bright place called Sagittarius A, almost 27,000 light-years away from us.
Richard Arendt, a team member from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Goddard, stated: “It was a real surprise to see the Radio Arc in the GISMO data. Its emission comes from high-speed electrons spiraling in a magnetic field, a process called synchrotron emission.”
The captured photo displays the interior part of Milky Way, which hosts the most significant and thickest collection of massive molecular clouds in our universe. These large, cold clouds possess enough dense gas and dust to develop tens of millions of starts similar to Sun.