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NASA- A Star That Bursts, Blinks, and Disappears

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posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 07:57 AM
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NASA- A Star That Bursts, Blinks, and Disappears


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"Twinkle, twinkle little star" goes the nursery rhyme. Now, astronomers are reporting on a strange case where one of the littlest of stars "twinkled" with gamma rays, X-rays, and light -- and then vanished.

The story began on June 6, 2007. That’s when a spike of gamma-rays lasting less than five seconds washed over NASA's Swift satellite. But this high-energy flash wasn't a gamma-ray burst -- the birth cry of a black hole far across the universe. It was something much closer to home.
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posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 07:57 AM
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Over a time-span of three days this object flashed 40 times. So far Astronomers believe it is at a distance around 15,000 Light Years from Earth. Some believe it to be a Neutron Star, while others theorize it might represent one of only a dozen ultra-powerful Magnetars. A Magnetar has a Magnetic Field 100 Times Stronger than that of a Neutron Star, which in of itself has a Magnetic Field 100 Million Times Stronger than that of Earth, and 100 Times Stronger than any Lab Produced Fields.

The cause of the observed Hyper Flashing is believed to have been the result of a "Starquake".

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