Thursday, September 25, 2008

Magnetic Neutronstar

Stellar Magnet

Credit: ESO/L.Calçada

Magnetars are young neutron stars with an ultra-strong magnetic field a billion billion times stronger than that of the Earth. The twisting of magnetic field lines in magnetars give rise to 'starquakes', which will eventually lead to an intense soft gamma-ray burst.

Like I've said before, we still do not understand magnetic fields well enough. And they are the coolest! :-)

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