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Gamma Rays in Pulsars

This animation takes us into a spinning pulsar, with its strong magnetic field rotating along with it. Clouds of charged particles move along the field lines and their gamma-rays are beamed like a lighthouse beacon by the magnetic fields. As our line of sight moves into the beam, we see the pulsations once every rotation of the neutron star.
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This animation shows gamma-rays from a pulsar    This animation shows gamma-rays from a pulsar
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Animation Number:20136
Animator:Walt Feimer (HTSI) (Lead)
Scientists:Alice Harding (NASA/GSFC)
 Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:Fermi/LAT
Series:Astrophysics Animations
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
SVS >> Gamma Ray
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Pulsar
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Fermi
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