Magnetars – UPSC Prelims

  • When massive stars like supergiant stars with a total mass of between 10 and 25 solar masses collapse, they might form neutron stars.
  • Among neutron stars stands out a small group with the most intense magnetic field. These are known as magnetars.
  • Magnetars experience violent eruptions or intense bursts in the form of transient X-ray pulses which are several orders higher than that of the Sun.
  • Even inactive magnetars can be thousands of times more luminous than the Sun.
  • So far, only 30 magnetars located within the Milky Way have been discovered.
Neutron Stars:
Neutron stars are the remnants of giant stars that died in a fiery explosion known as a supernova. They have a mass of about 1.4 times that of the sun.

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