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  • A Mysterious Object in Deep Space Has Blinked Every 22 Minutes for Over 30 Years

    A Mysterious Object in Deep Space Has Blinked Every 22 Minutes for Over 30 Years

    An intensely magnetic neutron star roughly 15,000 light-years from Earth is stumping astronomers with its ultra-long periods, unleashing radio waves into the cosmos every 22 minutes. Neutron stars with intense magnetic fields are called magnetars. Now, 22-minute periods may sound relatively frequent in Earthly time scales, but most magnetars have periods between a few seconds…