Dead Star 6,500 Light Years Away May Be Strongest Magnetic Field in Universe

Previously thought to have had an unusually low magnetic field


The former star, which has the catchy name SGR 0418+5729, is 6,500 light years from Earth and was initially thought to have an unusually low magnetic field.

New observations using the European Space Agency's XMM Newton Space Telescope have, however, revealed that it may be the strongest magnetic source in the known universe.