Astronomers Discover Youngest Known Magnetar
The star is only one of 30 known magnetars in the Milky Way
SAN BASILIO, ITALY — Astronomers at NASA and the ESA have discovered a neutron star that is the youngest known magnetar ever recorded.
Swift J1818.0−1607 was born in a supernova that would have been visible from Earth 240 years ago.
A magnetar is a kind of highly magnetized neutron star, the most powerful magnetic objects in the universe. Only 30 magnetars in the Milky Way have been found.
The star is located 16,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius and is 16,240 years old.
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