SCIENTISTS have discovered a very bright stellar object that’s defying logic.

They think it’s a new type of magnetar, which is a collapsed core of a supergiant star with an extremely powerful magnetic field.

A newly discovered stellar object is defying what was previously thought possible

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A newly discovered stellar object is defying what was previously thought possibleCredit: ICRAR

The object in question is located about 15,000 light-years from Earth.

It’s not behaving how a magnetar usually does.

The object is rotating and emitting pulses as is to be expected but these activities are not slowing down.

Usually, a magnetar stops rotating after a few months when it reaches something called the “death line”.

According to Live Science, the death line is a threshold that is met when the collapsed star core can no longer produce any high-energy radiation.

It’s thought the newly discovered magnetar has defied this threshold for around 30 years.

A team of researchers has published its findings about the object in the journal Nature.

Lead study author and astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker explained what it was like to first see the object in a statement.

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She said: “We were stumped. So we started searching for similar objects to find out if it was an isolated event or just the tip of the iceberg.”

Adding: “The object we’ve discovered is spinning way too slowly to produce radio waves—it’s below the death line.

“Assuming it’s a magnetar, it shouldn’t be possible for this object to produce radio waves. But we’re seeing them.

“And we’re not just talking about a little blip of radio emission.

“Every 22 minutes, it emits a five-minute pulse of radio wavelength energy, and it’s been doing that for at least 33 years.”

The astronomer says whatever the object is and whatever is powering it is “extraordinary.”

This post first appeared on Thesun.co.uk

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