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Morrigan comments with an excited voice, "Splendid! How I would dread being on horseback the entire way. More footsteps, more armored guards and the Queen walks by.

She steps into the cart, nods at you, and the cart leaves. When the carriage rides out of the gate, a small old wooden cart pulled by a donkey is visible. Magnetar watches the entire scene, almost certain that Rosh would find something sinister.

Only for it to be the queen. As the new cart arrives, she laughs, a rare sight. Rosh bites her lip and stifles a smirk upon seeing Morrigan's disappointed grimace. This deep Chandra X-ray Observatory image from shows the supernova remnant Kes 75, located almost 20, light years away. The explosion of a massive star created the supernova remnant, along with a pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star.

The low energy X-rays are colored red in this image and the high energy X-rays are colored blue. The pulsar is the bright spot near the center of the image. The rapid rotation and strong magnetic field of the pulsar have generated a wind of energetic matter and antimatter particles that rush out at near the speed of light.

This pulsar wind has created a large, magnetized bubble of high-energy particles called a pulsar wind nebulae, seen as the blue region surrounding the pulsar. The magnetic field of the pulsar in Kes 75 is thought to be more powerful than most pulsars, but less powerful than magnetars, a class of neutron star with the most powerful magnetic fields known in the Universe.

Scientists are seeking to understand the relationship between these two classes of object. Read more. More about the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.

The find offers a unique window into the properties, environment and outburst history of magnetars, which are the strongest magnets in the universe. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova. Each one compresses the equivalent mass of half a million Earths into a ball just 12 miles 20 kilometers across, or about the length of New York's Manhattan Island.

Neutron stars are most commonly found as pulsars, which produce radio, visible light, X-rays and gamma rays at various locations in their surrounding magnetic fields. When a pulsar spins these regions in our direction, astronomers detect pulses of emission, hence the name. This discovery may indicate the presence of an internal magnetic field much more intense than the surface magnetic field, with implications for how the most powerful magnets in the cosmos evolve.

Follow-up observations four days later with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer RXTE showed that, in addition to sporadic X-ray bursts, the neutron star exhibits persistent X-ray emission with regular pulsations that indicate that the star has a rotational period of 9. RXTE was able to monitor this activity for about days.

This behavior is similar to a class of neutron stars called magnetars, which have strong to extreme magnetic fields 20 to times above the average of the galactic radio pulsars.

As neutron stars rotate, the radiation of low frequency electromagnetic waves or winds of high-energy particles carry energy away from the star, causing the rotation rate of the star to gradually decrease. Careful monitoring of SGR was possible because Chandra and XMM-Newton were able to measure its pulsation period even though it faded by a factor of 10 after the initial detection.

What sets SGR apart from other magnetars is that careful monitoring over a span of days has revealed no detectable decrease in its rotation rate. The lack of rotational slowing implies that the radiation of low frequency waves must be weak, and hence the surface magnetic field must be much weaker than normal. But this raises another question: where does the energy come from to power bursts and the persistent X-ray emission from the source?

The generally accepted answer for magnetars is that the energy to power the X- and gamma-ray emission comes from an internal magnetic field that has been twisted and amplified in the turbulent interior of the neutron star, as depicted in the illustration above.

Theoretical studies indicate that if the internal field becomes about ten or more times stronger than the surface field, the decay or untwisting of the field can lead to the production of steady and bursting X-ray emission through the heating of the neutron star crust or the acceleration of particles.

A crucial question is how large an imbalance can be maintained between the surface and interior fields. SGR represents an important test case. The observations already imply an imbalance of between 50 and If further observations by Chandra push the surface magnetic field limit lower, then theorists may have to dig deeper for an explanation of this enigmatic object.

These results appear in the October 14th issue of Science Express, which provides electronic publication of selected Science papers in advance of print.

You can see all of our Chandra photos in the Chandra Group in Flickr at: www. A magnetar is a neutron star with a strong magnetic field. Their other proposed explanation involves the strong magnetic fields around the black hole. If the magnetic field lines reconfigured themselves and reconnected, this could also create a large burst of X-rays.

This magnetar is undergoing a long X-ray outburst, and the Chandra data are allowing astronomers to better understand this unusual object. These results were presented at the th meeting of the American Astronomical Society meeting being held in Seattle, Washington.

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations. Public Domain.

Credit: NASA. If you plan to use an image and especially if you are considering any commercial usage, you should be aware that some restrictions may apply. You may say found via pingnews but pingnews is neither the creator nor the owner of these materials. In December , a neutron star flared up so brightly, it temporarily blinded all the x-ray satellites in space, and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere. This tremendous blast of energy was from a giant flare created by the neutron star's twisting magnetic field.

Objects like this are called magnetars, and they produce magnetic fields trillions of time more powerful than those here on Earth. These fields are so strong they can actually buckle the surface of the neutron star causing these powerful star quakes. The results show that the supernova following the burst GRB A was not driven by radioactive decay, as expected, but was instead powered by the decaying super-strong magnetic fields around a magnetar.

More information: www. A neutron star flared up so brightly, it temporarily blinded all the x-ray satellites in space, and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere. On Aug. Astronomers think the eruptions of SGRs arise from the most highly magnetized objects in the universe -- magnetars.

Magnetars are neutron stars -- the crushed cores of exploded stars -- that, for reasons not yet known, possess ultra-strong magnetic fields. It's hard to imagine a story with such civilizations, since their perfection and indestructible nature would offer little conflict potential with lower civilizations.

Recipe for paraversal tragedy. It has been argued that KS may not be relevant or useful for classifying civilizations, assuming that behaviors would become predictable only if and when the correspondent civilizations are fully understood.

Also, should a civilization be able to harness E of whatever arbitrarily large scale, it does not mean that it has likewise developed a commensurate ability to use that E with efficiency. On , 6 new FRBs were reported in the same direction. This is the only known instance in which FRBs have been found twice in the same location in space. Wildberger : Plimpton Sicoe : The Kardashev scale. Tegmark : Our Mathematical Universe. Arshad : Icecream eating. Brooks : 13 things that don't make sense.

Stross : Singularity Sky. Denoted N 49, or DEM L , this remnant is from a massive star that died in a supernova blast whose light would have reached Earth thousands of years ago. This filamentary material will eventually be recycled into building new generations of stars in the LMC.

Our own Sun and planets are constructed from similar debris of supernovae that exploded in the Milky Way billions of years ago. This seemingly delicate structure also harbors a very powerful spinning neutron star that may be the central remnant from the initial blast. It is quite common for the core of an exploded supernova star to become a spinning neutron star also called a pulsar - because of the regular pulses of energy from the rotational spin after the immediate shedding of the star's outer layers.

In the case of N 49, not only is the neutron star spinning at a rate of once every 8 seconds, it also has a super-strong magnetic field a thousand trillion times stronger than Earth's magnetic field. This places this star into the exclusive class of objects called "magnetars. This remarkable cluster contains hundreds of very massive stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost one million suns. European astronomers have for the first time demonstrated that this magnetar — an unusual type of neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field — probably was formed as part of a binary star system.

Resembling the puffs of smoke and sparks from a summer fireworks display in this Hubble Space Telescope image, these delicate filaments are actually sheets of debris from a stellar explosion in a neighboring galaxy. This seemingly gentle structure also harbors a very powerful spinning neutron star that may be the central remnant from the initial blast. It is quite common for the core of an exploded supernova star to become a spinning neutron star also called a pulsar — because of the regular pulses of energy from the rotational spin after the immediate shedding of the star's outer layers.

On March 5, , this neutron star displayed a historic gamma-ray burst episode that was detected by numerous Earth-orbiting satellites. Gamma rays have a million or more times the energy of visible-light photons. Earth's atmosphere protects us by blocking gamma rays that originate from outer space. The neutron star in N 49 has had several subsequent gamma-ray emissions, and is now recognized as a "soft gamma-ray repeater. The neutron star in N 49 is also emitting X-rays, whose energies are slightly less than that of soft gamma rays.

High-resolution X-ray satellites have resolved a point source near the center of N 49, the likely X-ray counterpart of the soft gamma-ray repeater. Diffuse filaments and knots throughout the supernova remnant are also visible in X-rays. The filamentary features visible in the optical image represent the blast wave sweeping through the ambient interstellar medium and nearby dense molecular clouds. Today, N 49 is the target of astronomers who are interested in understanding whether small cloudlets in the interstellar medium of the LMC may have a marked effect on the physical structure and evolution of this supernova remnant.

Color filters were used to sample light emitted by sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen. The color image has been superimposed on a black-and-white image of stars in the same field also taken with Hubble. For more information please visit: hubblesite. The Canton of Jura comes into existence as the 26th canton of Switzerland, being formed from the predominantly French-speaking Catholic part of the Canton of Bern.


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