An artist's impression of a strong magnetic field of a neutron star launching a jet. Image: ICRAR/University of Amsterdam
Surprise: neutron star with strong magnetic field launches radio jets - space science news

Astronomers have detected radio jets coming from a neutron star with a strong magnetic field. Neutron stars are formed when a massive star runs out of energy and develops supernova that creates a strong magnetic field. At times, a companioning star, in orbit with the neutron star gives material and energy to the neutron star, that is then blasted out in powerful jets. Current theory beholds that the strong magnetic field prevents material of the companion star from entering the neutron star, so that no radio jets should be emitted. However, these new observations of radio jets being launched by neutron stars clearly show that the current theory needs to be revised, and indicate that our understanding of neutron stars is far from complete.

Read the full story: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Scientific publication: Nature