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Magnetars are the most powerful magnets in the Universe. Here's how they're made.

14 Oct 2019, 13:00 UTC
Magnetars are the most powerful magnets in the Universe. Here's how they're made. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss.

Tau Scorpii is a rather unassuming-looking star in the southern sky. If you've gone stargazing in the summer you've probably seen it; it's located right next to Antares, the bright red supergiant star that marks the heart of Scorpius, the scorpion. Tau Sco is literally the next star down the body of the scorpion. Antares is over 7 times brighter, so your eye may have slid right past Tau Sco without you even noticing.

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