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Release No.: 2017-24
For Release: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Astronomers Discover "Heavy Metal" Supernova Rocking Out

Illustration of SN 2017egm

This artist’s impression of SN 2017egm shows the power source for this extraordinarily bright supernova. The explosion was triggered by a massive star that collapsed to form a neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field and rapid spin, called a magnetar. Debris from the supernova explosion is shown in blue and the magnetar is shown in red.

M. Weiss/CfA

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