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NuSTAR Observatory Busy High Energy Events
2013-06-18 11:08:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s NuSTAR orbiting observatory is designed to investigate high-energy events throughout the universe, and the cosmos has been keeping it busy in recent months, producing one event after another. In early April, the galaxy Markarian 421 produced a high-energy event that increased its brightness by more than 50 times its usual level. Markarian 421 is known as a blazer, a unique class of galaxies with supermassive "feeding" black...

Evidence Of New Phase In Neutron Stars Discovered
2013-06-14 13:48:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online University of Alicante researchers have discovered the first evidence of a new phase in neutron stars. The scientists wrote in the journal Nature Physics that they have detected what may be the first observational evidence of existence of a new exotic phase of matter in what is known as the "inner crust" of neutron stars, or pulsars. "This may be the first observational evidence of existence of the phase of nuclear...

Anti Glitch Observed In Pulsar Star
2013-05-29 12:16:46

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When a massive star — one several times larger than our Sun — consumes all of the fusible matter in its core, it begins to implode in a brilliant supernova. Driven by gravitational collapse, the core of the star will form either a neutron star or a black hole, depending upon its mass. While not quite as exotic or dense as a black hole, a neutron star is still an amazing object and provides a useful laboratory...

NASA X-Ray Observatory Reveals Magnetars More Common Than Thought
2013-05-24 14:42:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed that some of the most extreme objects in the universe may be more common than previously thought. Magnetars are the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation. When a massive star runs out of fuel its core collapses to form a neutron star. Most neutron stars spin rapidly, but a small fraction have a relatively low spin rate while also...

Split Personality Star Discovered
2012-07-16 14:42:45

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One recently discovered star seems to have a split personality, with both a magnetar and pulsar consuming the object. The European Space Agency (ESA) said the newly discovered star appears to be a pulsar while hiding an intense internal magnetic field like a magnetar. The internal field is many times stronger than its external magnetic field, leading to its entry into the new class of "low-field...

Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Completes Mission Operations
2012-01-10 07:18:27

After 16 years in space, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has made its last observation. The satellite provided unprecedented views into the extreme environments around white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. RXTE sent data from its last science observation to the ground early on Jan. 4. After performing engineering tests, controllers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., successfully decommissioned the satellite on Jan. 5. RXTE far exceeded its original...

2010-11-04 09:15:12

Black holes could produce the enormous energies of a burst, but not neutron stars A gamma-ray burst is an immensely powerful blast of high-energy light thought to be generated by a collapsing star in a distant galaxy, but what this collapse leaves behind has been a matter of debate. A new analysis of four extremely bright bursts observed by NASA's Fermi satellite suggests that the remnant from a long-duration gamma-ray burst is most likely a black hole "“ not a rapidly spinning, highly...

Latest Magnetar Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Pulsar -- This dramatic artist's vision shows a city-sized neutron star centered in a disk of hot plasma drawn from its enfeebled red companion star. Ravenously accreting material from the disk, the neutron star spins faster and faster emitting powerful particle beams and pulses of X-rays as it rotates 400 times a second. Could such a bizarre and inhospitable star system really exist in our Universe? Based on data from the orbiting Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite,...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Pulsar -- A pulsar, which originally stood for pulsating radio source, is a rapidly rotating neutron star, whose electromagnetic radiation is observed in regularly spaced interval, or pulses. Pulsars are closely related to magnetars, the main difference being the strenght of the object's magnetic field. History Pulsars were discovered by Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish in 1967 while they were using a radio array to study the scintillation of quasars. They found a very regular...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Magnetar -- A magnetar is a neutron star with a strong magnetic field. The theory around these objects was formulated by Robert Duncan and Christopher Thompson. When in a supernova a star collapses to a neutron star, its magnetic field increases dramatically in strength. Duncan and Thompson calculated that the magnetic field of a neutron star, normally an already enormous 1012 tesla could under certain circumstances grow even larger, to about 1015 tesla. Such a highly magnetic neutron...

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