Magnetar star SGR 1806-20, artwork

Magnetar star SGR 1806-20, artwork

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Magnetar star SGR 1806-20. Artwork showing a gamma ray burst (blue shell) from the magnetar SGR 1806-20. A magnetar is a type of neutron star with a very strong magnetic field. SGR 1806-20 is located 50,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. On 27th December 2004 an explosion on its surface sent out a gamma ray burst that reached Earth. It was the brightest known event to have been seen on Earth that originated form outside our solar system.

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Keywords: 27 december 2004, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, gamma ray burst, gamma ray flare, grb, illustration, magnetar, neutron star, radiation, sagittarius, sgr 1860-20, shell, space, star, stellar

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