Massive Magnetic Helium Star Goes Supernova
A team of researchers, including NOIRLab astronomer André-Nicolas Chené, has found a highly unusual star that may become one of the most magnetic objects in the Universe: a variant of a neutron star known as a magnetar. This finding marks the discovery of a new type of astronomical object — a massive magnetic helium star — and sheds light on the origin of magnetars.
This artist impressoin illustrates how, in a few million years, HD 45166 will explode as a very bright, but not particularly energetic, supernova. During this explosion, its core will contract, trapping and concentrating the star’s already daunting magnetic field lines.
NOIRLab/AURA/NSF/P. Marenfeld/M. Zamani
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|Release date:||Aug. 17, 2023, 11 a.m.|
|Size:||3840 x 2160 px|
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