June 21, 2020

Astronomers discovered the youngest neutron star

Credit: ESA

The Gist

Scientists have discovered Swift J1818.0-1607 - the youngest magnetar ever recorded.

The List

  • The observed magnetar is only 240 years old which is an equivalent of a newborn in a cosmological context.
  • This neutron star is 16,000 light-years away from Earth which means that the actual age of the magnetar is around 16,240 years.
  • Magnetars are a kind of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field.
  • Scientists have only been able to record 31 magnetars in the past (including this one).

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