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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:04 AM
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Huge Quake Cracks Star
By Bjorn Carey
LiveScience Staff Writer

Astronomers have found the first evidence of cracks in a neutron star's crust. The star cracked when it was rocked by the strongest "starquake" ever recorded, researchers said last week.

Last December, astronomers worldwide monitored the explosion that caused this starquake. The eruption was huge in the first 200 milliseconds of the event the star released energy equivalent to what our Sun produces in 250,000 years. It was the brightest explosion ever detected outside of the Milky Way.

Now scientists have used a collection of data from various satellites to provide the first observational evidence that the blast caused the star to form cracks several miles long. Scientists hope these cracks will provide a window into the mysterious interiors of neutron stars.

There are millions of neutron stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone, and some of these have magnetic fields trillions of times stronger than Earth's, the strongest of which are called magnetars.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:01 AM
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1. Whenever I read about crap like this
I'm thankful that we live in the Galactic boondocks!
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:43 PM
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2. probably why we lasted as long as we have
Galactic boondocks...maybe not so bad after all! :thumbsup:
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:11 PM
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3. Hmmm, now I want to read /Dragon's Egg/ & /Starquake/ again for some
reason :)
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