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Flying through the Young Star Cluster Westerlund 1 (Artist's Impression) | ESO

Flying through the Young Star Cluster Westerlund 1 (Artist's Impression) | ESO

In this video, we fly through the young star cluster Westerlund 1 and close in on the strange magnetar that lies within it. This remarkable cluster contains hundreds of very massive stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost one million suns. European astronomers have for the first time demonstrated that the magnetar—an unusual type of neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field—was formed from a star with at least 40 times as much mass as the Sun.

Distance: ~15,000 light years


Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)/L. Cal├žada

Duration: 36 seconds

Release Date: May 23, 2014


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