Magnetars are the most magnetically-intense objects known in the Universe and now astrophysicists may have found one of these stellar husks being choked by a magnetic noose so much that its shape has been warped, causing it to wobble as it spins.
ANALYSIS: Crouching Tiger Hidden Magnetar
Spawned after a massive star goes supernova, magnetars are cousins of neutron stars (and, by extension, pulsars) - dense objects consisting primarily of degenerate neutron matter whose structure prevents itself from collapsing into a black hole. They are approximately 20 kilometers wide, yet more massive than our sun. This means that they have gargantuan densities - a thimbleful of magnetar material would have a mass of 100 million tons.
But density isn't the only impressive thing about these objects. The magnetic field contained within the progenitor star is also squeezed into these tiny objects, taking our idea of magnetism to a whole new level.
ANALYSIS: The Magnetar in Pulsar's Clothing
Magnetic fields contained within these objects have been registered to a strength of 1011 Tesla, a billion times stronger than the strongest magnetic field that can be generated on Earth. However, it is thought there is an even stronger magnetic field wrapped as a torus - like a ring doughnut - around the magnetar's equator that, until now, has been impossible to detect.