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Animation showing cracks on neutron star during starquake
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- Title Animation showing cracks on neutron star during starquake
- Released 19/09/2005 5:36 pm
- Copyright NASA
This animation shows cracks being formed on the surface of a 'magnetar', a class of neutron star characterised by an extremely high magnetic field. Cracks form in the first phase of a massive 'starquake', when the star's crust can no longer compensate for the internal magnetic stress.
- Id 220447