Magnetar explosion

Magnetar explosion

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The explosion on the surface of magnetar SGR 1806-20 reached Earth. It was the brightest extrasolar event ever observed. The magnetar released more energy in one-tenth of a second Sun has released in 100 000 years. A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field. SGR 1806-20 is also the most highly magnetized object ever observed.

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