- Nov 25, 2008
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Collapsing stars of this size should form a black hole. The fact that this one resulted in a neutron star, challenges established theory.The discovery of a rare magnetic star - or magnetar - is challenging theories about the origin of black holes.
Magnetars are a special type of neutron star with a powerful magnetic field.
They are formed by gravitational collapse after the original, or progenitor star, dies and forms a catastrophic supernova.
For this newly discovered magnetar, astronomers calculated that the mass of the progenitor must have been at least 40 times greater than that of our Sun.
BBC News - Black hole mystery unveiled by magnetic star discovery
Very interesting, but i was wondering. There are so many billions of stars out there, how many of those are of gigantic proportions? Billions, i assume. If they ALL formed black holes when they collapse, would this universe be habitable even in the slightest?