Stars, planets and galaxies are all magnetic. “Cosmic magnetism” plays a vital role in controlling how stars and galaxies form, age and evolve. Closer to home, these naturally occurring magnetic fields drive the evolution of species, protect the Earth from harmful particles, and are vital for the navigation of birds and other animals.
Professor Bryan Gaensler will open the window for you to the magnetic Universe. He will explain how we detect and study magnets in space, even though magnetic fields are invisible even to the largest telescopes. In the next few years, we will finally be able to start understanding what creates astrophysical magnets, what role they play in the Universe’s evolution, and how they have maintained their strength over billions of years of cosmic time.