The discovery of a new helium star explains the mysterious formation of magnetars | Sciences

The helium star turns into a very strong magnetar

Magnetars can be found throughout our galaxy, but until now it’s not clear exactly how they form. Helium stars eventually collapse under their own gravity, causing them to implode.

Some of the material the star is made of is ejected. A smaller core remains in which the particles are packed much more tightly than they were before the implosion.

The star’s magnetic field remains largely the same, but now it has to be spread out over a smaller volume. This makes the force many times stronger, up to 10 billion tesla.

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