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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.


Animation Credits

Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Alice Harding (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

Short URL to share this page:
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?20136

Missions:
Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
GLAST

Data Used:
Fermi/LAT None

This item is part of this series:
Astrophysics Animations

Keywords:
SVS >> Gamma Ray
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Space science
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Pulsar
SVS >> GLAST
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Fermi
NASA Science >> Universe