Although Astronomers have gained all of this information about the supposed supernova, they are still reluctant to say that they are positive the 10 mile long object found is in fact caused by a supernova. It may just be a rare star called a millisecond magnetar. This type of star is created by a supernova and is rapidly spinning which creates a strong magnetic field. The problem is that in order for this magnetar star to beat the brightness record it would have to spin 1,000 times a second and be converting all of its rotational energy to light with 100% efficiency. This would be the greatest example of this type of star that scientists and astronomers have ever seen. This hypothesis will not be able to be tested until later this year when astronomers will be able to look at the galaxy surrounding the explosion with the Hubble Space Telescope. This will determine if in fact the floating object is a magnetar or an enormous blackhole.
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