Newfound Dead Star Appears to Have a Solid Exterior

Newfound Dead Star Appears to Have a Solid Exterior
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Unless you’re a complete masochist, going anywhere near a star is generally out of the question. Thank God we have astronomers and astrophysicists to tell us what’s cooking on some of those huge balls of fire without even landing on them!

It’s not very unfamiliar, however, for those scientists to remain speechless sometimes due to what they discover light-years away from Earth. The Universe is unimaginably huge, and it doesn’t give an atom about our desires or expectations. It may sound harsh, but that’s the truth. Therefore, even for an astronomer or astrophysicist, the outcome of a study can be more than he can even conceive.

Should we update textbooks about dead stars? 

According to a new study published in the journal Science, astronomers have found a magnetar that seems to have a solid exterior. If their observation is confirmed to be true, it means that some textbooks regarding dead stars, meaning neutron stars, white dwarfs, or black holes, must be rewritten.

A magnetar is, by definition, a neutron star that has a very strong magnetic field. The one representing the subject of this article was named 4U 0142+61, and it has its location in the Cassiopeia constellation.

The newfound star even appears to lack an atmosphere, and it possesses an incredibly strong magnetic field. Silvia Zane, a Professor at the University College London, stated, as Futurism quotes:

This was completely unexpected,

I was convinced there would be an atmosphere. The star’s gas has reached a tipping point and become solid in a similar way that water might turn to ice. This is a result of the star’s incredibly strong magnetic field.

The Cassiopeia constellation, which represents the home of the 4U 0142+61 magnetar, is located roughly 10,000 light-years away from Earth. That means that we have no chance to ever get there using any sort of known way to travel in space.

 

 

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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