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Plasma tubes in the sky: Australian student Cleo Loi proves existence of phenomenon

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Apparently there are giant plasma tubes floating 600km above the earth, aligned with its magnetic field and possibly throwing off astronomical observations. They were discovered by a stubborn, careful female undergrad in Sydney, playing with a 3D telescope called the Murchison Widefield Array.

I can't imagine how much patience that woman has, to be able to find these tubes hidden in plain sight.

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