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A COSMIC jet 2 billion light years away is carrying the highest electric current ever seen: 10E18 amps, equivalent to a trillion bolts of lightning.
Philipp Kronberg of the University of Toronto in Canada and colleagues measured the alignment of radio waves around a galaxy called 3C303, which has a giant jet of matter shooting from its core. They saw a sudden change in the waves' alignment coinciding with the jet. "This is an unambiguous signature of a current," says Kronberg.