The magnetar was localized to the central part (red box) of NGC 253, a bright galaxy located about 11.4 million light years from Earth.

While the radial velocity measurement limits the distance of the magnetar from us, it gives an estimate of the size and age of the nucleus and reveal that there are likely three or more magnetars in NGC 253, making it one of the youngest magnetars of its kind.

The neutron star was surrounded by an accretion disk composed of ejected matter from disk around the neutron star, which had formed sometime around 270 and 800 million years ago.

The release of initial matter could be easily seen from the Lab2 telescope in Chile. The image, obtained in May 2009, was part of the invisible light survey Tau Cygni has made for 93 nearby small galaxies to date; this image is 100 times more refined than typical ultraviolet images.

"The most interesting thing is that the star doesnt even have the gas that surrounds it assured but Lee happenstance found the source when the researchers at XMM-Newton were searching for it," says Justin West.

"So while the merger must have bolstered their orbital dynamics and boosted their masses significantly, the nice thing about this surprise fascinating star is kind of unclear.

"Obviously, as we continue future surveys to search the 49 high-silica banks of the Milky Way for massive red supergiant star explosions your never quite sure."

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More information: "Optical and Geometric Evidence of a Red Supergiant Magnetar in NGC 253, In The Galactic Bulge" by S.H. Lee et al. is published in The Astrophysical Journal on 25 June 2011.

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