Thursday, November 17, 2005

Powerful Magnetar Blast from Another Galaxy

Powerful Magnetar Blast from Another Galaxy

For two-tenths of a second, it doused Earth with a higher rate of energy than any previous observed object outside the solar system. The culprit was a highly magnetized neutron star — a magnetar — known as SGR 1806–20.

And all this time I thought it was just a word that Kurt Cobain made up:

"She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak
I've been locked inside your Heart-Shaped box for weeks
I've been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black

I've got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice..."

Of course, I also mis-heard it as "Hey! Wait! My name is Kurt Cobain..."

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