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.
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator Alice Harding (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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