Observations of explosions from an ultra-powerful magnetic neutron star playing hide-and-seek with astronomers suggest that these exotic objects called magnetars — capable of stripping a credit card clean 100,000 miles away — are far more common than previously thought.
Scientists from the United States and Canada present this result today at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Atlanta . The work is based on observations with the European Space Agencys XMM-Newton observatory and NASAs Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer.
"We only know of about ten magnetars in the Milky Way galaxy," said the investigations leader, Dr. Peter Woods of NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville , Ala. , based at the National Space Science and Technology in Huntsville . "If the antics of the magnetar we are studying now are typical, turning on and off but never getting exceptionally bright, then there very well could be hundreds more out there."
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