Public bug reported:

Open gnome-calculator

Write (or compute) a number, let's type 9×9×9×9×9×9×9×9×9×9×9×9, enter.
Or type directly 282429536481.

What is observed :

Now, We'll (try) to compute the product of all the digits.
So move the caret after the first digit, type *
Result (OK) : 2x|82429536481
Move right :  2x8|2429536481
Type another *, and observe, rather than adding a multiply sign, the digit is 
transformed into an exponent sign :

What should be observed :

If you type anything else (like pressing space and deleting it), the bug
doesn't occur.

The bug is probably due to a bad test for converting ** into ^ :
- first, it should detect that another key (arrow, shortcut, and even simple 
modifier should be counted as other keys) has been pressed. Or it should be 
based on the character preceding the caret, not the one previously pressed.
- in any case, it should never replace anything than a *

$ apt show gnome-calculator
Package: gnome-calculator
Version: 3.22.3-1
Priority: optional
Section: math
Maintainer: Debian GNOME Maintainers 
Installed-Size: 5 691 kB

** Affects: gnome-calculator (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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  digit transformed into exponent if moving between typing of two *

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