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Strong magnetic fields discovered in majority of stars: study

A star trail is pictured in the skyline above the trees at Achham, in the Far-Western region of Nepal around 900 km  (486 miles) from Kathmandu, February 17, 2014. Picture taken with a long exposure. RUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTX1904R
A star trail is pictured in the skyline above the trees at Achham, in the Far-Western region of Nepal around 900 km (486 miles) from Kathmandu, February 17, 2014. Picture taken with a long exposure. RUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTX1904R

Melbourne: A new discovery that majority of stars have strong magnetic fields, stumbled upon by a team of scientists from the University of Sydney, can change the way astronomers look at how stars evolve.

Previously, it was thought to be quite rare. The reason for its importance is that a magnetic field can affect a star’s internal rotation rate and can dictate how it grows. It can even help them to predict changes to the sun, reports News.com.au.

Researcher concludes that only five to 10 per cent of stars were previously thought to host strong magnetic fields, current models of how stars evolve lack magnetic fields as a fundamental ingredient. The findings were published in the journal Nature. (ANI)

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