1E 1048.1-5937 – the closest magnetar to the Earth

(ORDO NEWS) — Magnetars are unique space objects, which are superdense neutron stars with extremely strong magnetic fields.

Scientists estimate that the magnetic field of an average magnetar is a trillion times stronger than that of the Earth.

Being neutron stars, magnetars have a diameter of only about 20 kilometers, but at the same time their mass is about 1.4 times the mass of the Sun.

Magnetars are formed during the collapse of some stars with a mass of 20 or more masses of our star. The density of the “insides” of the magnetar is so great that one cubic centimeter of this substance will have a mass of about seven million tons!

1E 1048.1−5937 is the closest (known) magnetar to Earth, 9000 light-years away. It was formed from a star, the mass of which is 30-40 times the mass of the Sun.

If a person flew close enough to one of the magnetars, then his body would immediately be “dismantled”, since the neutron star would pull all the electrons from the atoms of the body.


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