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Post by Dragon Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:33 am

On March 12th 2020 a space telescope called Swift detected a burst of radiation from halfway across the Milky Way.

Within a week, the newly discovered X-ray source, named Swift J1818.0–1607, was found to be a magnetar, a rare type of slowly rotating neutron star with one of the most powerful magnetic fields in the universe.

Spinning once every 1.4 seconds, it's the fastest spinning magnetar known, and possibly one of the youngest neutron stars in the Milky Way. It also emits radio pulses like those seen from pulsars—another type of rotating neutron star.

At the time of this detection, only four other radio-pulse-emitting magnetars were known, making Swift J1818.0–1607 an extremely rare discovery.

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Artist’s impression of a radio magnetar.

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Post by Dragon Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:37 am



"Swift J1818.0–1607 may have started out life as a more ordinary radio pulsar that obtained the rotational properties of a magnetar over time.


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