When a starquake happens, scientists get excited. These explosions in space reveal information about stars that's helping us unravel the mysteries of the solar system. The key is in a kind of light you've seen at the dentist and if you've ever broken a bone: X-rays.
Artist's conception of a gamma-ray flare expanding from a starquake on magnetar SGR 1806-20.
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Written by Ashley Hamer June 16, 2017
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