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  1. PILOT maps the Milky Way’s magnetic field

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    November 15, 2017

    The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is surrounded by a very dense loop of gas and dust. This loop’s magnetic field has now been revealed by PILOT, a stratospheric balloon-borne experiment being conducted by CNES and the IRAP astrophysics and planetology research institute.

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  2. Herschel challenges old ideas on star formation

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    May 6, 2010

    After Planck last week, it is now the turn of Europe’s Herschel space observatory to deliver its share of surprises. The infrared telescope—in orbit for just a year—has called into question our traditional theories about how stars are formed.

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