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Migrating Magnetar Hot Spot Animations

For the first time, NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has observed the merging of multimillion-degree X-ray spots on the surface of a magnetar, a supermagnetized stellar core no larger than a city. These animations illustrate what astronomers think is going on.

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Animation Credits

Krystofer Kim (KBRwyle): Lead Animator
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
Scott Wiessinger (KBRwyle): Producer
Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park): Science Writer
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab