More about magnetars
The world of neutron stars wouldn't be complete with its "bad boys."
August 23, 2010
In October's "Explore the pulsar menagerie," author Victoria M. Kaspi introduced readers to the many different types of neutrons stars and pulsars.
Long the pulsar poster child, the Crab Nebula’s central object is a fast-spinning neutron star that emits jets of radiation at its magnetic axis. Astronomers detect the radio signature from these jets as pulses. It turns out that scientists are finding other classes of pulsars that don’t appear to share traits with the Crab’s central object.
Photo by Don Dixon
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