Stars are not eternal; they are dying in unimaginably large explosions called supernovas. Second only to the Big Bang, these explosions are where creation and destruction meet. Only now have we begun to understand how these wonders in our sky work. Written by
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Professor Stan Woosley commenting on the strong magnetic field of magnetars: "the magnetic field can be 10 to the 15, you know, uh, a hundred trillion times the magnetic field of the earth." 10^15 is a quadrillion, not 100 trillion. See more