Universe's highest electric current found in cosmic jet 2bn light yrs away

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 10:50 hrs

Scientists have discovered the highest electric current ever seen in the universe in a cosmic jet 2 billion light years away.

Philipp Kronberg of the University of Toronto in Canada and colleagues detected the cosmic jet carrying the electric current: 1018 amps, equivalent to a trillion bolts of lightning, around a galaxy called 3C303, reports New Scientist.

They measured the alignment of radio waves around the galaxy that has a giant jet of matter shooting from its core and saw a sudden change in the waves' alignment coinciding with the jet.

"This is an unambiguous signature of a current," said Kronberg.

The team thinks magnetic fields from a colossal black hole at the galaxy's core are generating the current, which is powerful enough to light up the jet and drive it through interstellar gases out to a distance of about 150,000 light years. (ANI)