Researchers find special signal from magnetic star

A joint team of researchers from China and the United States have picked up a special X-ray signal that lasted for around seven hours powered by a magnetar, or magnetic star, 6.6 billion light years away.

Researchers find special signal  from magnetic star

“It is a new type of X-ray signal that only existed in theoretical hypothesis previously,” said Xue Yongquan, one of the researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China.

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The signal, picked up at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, offers proof that the direct result of the mergers of neutron stars can be a magnetar, rather than just a black hole as believed by many scientists, according to Xue.

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A magnetar is a neutron star that spins rapidly with a magnetic field hundreds of millions of times stronger than the strongest magnetic field humans can create in a lab environment.

The rapid rotation of the magnetar creates a strong centrifugal force, offsetting the gravitational force that makes it collapse into a black hole, Xue said.

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The research findings have been published on the latest issue of international journal Nature.

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