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The Hibernating Stellar Magnet

by sherro, 19.04.2012

Astronomers have discovered a possible magnetar that emitted 40 visible-light flashes before disappearing again. The twisting of magnetic field lines in magnetars give rise to -starquakes-, which will eventually lead to an intense soft gamma-ray burst. Credit: ESO/L.Calçada.

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