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Magnetar

(neutron star with a strong magnetic field)

A Magnetar is a Neutron Star with a strong magnetic field. The decay of the field powers Emission of X-rays and Gamma Rays. Star quakes can trigger gamma ray flashes, i.e., the source of some longer Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB).

Magnetars have been observed since 1979 and a theory was put forward in 1992. Circa 2013, 21 magnetars have been identified.


(star type,neutron stars,magnetism)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetar

Referenced by:
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
Superluminous Supernova (SLSN)

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