jul 172012
 
A 'Low-Field Magnetar' Discovered

  Is it a magnetar or is it a pulsar? A second member of a rare breed of dead, spinning star has been identified thanks to an armada of space-based X-ray telescopes, including ESA’s XMM-Newton.  A magnetar or a pulsar? Credit: ESA–C. Carreau Magnetars are a type of neutron star, the dead cores of massive stars [continue reading]