Illustration of Pulsar J0108-1431
February 27, 2009
This artist's impression shows what the pulsar J0108 might look like if viewed up close. Radiation from particles spiraling around magnetic fields is shown along with heated areas around the neutron star's magnetic poles. Both of these effects are expected to generate X-ray emission. Most of the surface of the neutron star is expected to be too cool to produce X-rays, but it should produce optical and ultraviolet radiation. Thus, multiwavelength observations are important for providing a complete picture of these exotic objects.
Topics: Stellar astronomy, Star types, Radio astronomy, Binary pulsar, Neutron, Exotic matter, X-ray pulsar, Ionizing radiation, Neutron star, Pulsar, Star, Radiation