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B Pulsar pulses

  1. Aug 1, 2017 #1
    Is the beam of a pulsar projected perpendicular to its spin?
    If so, is the "pulse" due to wobble?
     
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  3. Aug 1, 2017 #2
    The pulse is due to the fact that the north pole of rotation is not exactly the same as the magnetic north pole. The engine of the jets are the magnetic fields that shoot particles out into space. It's going to be close to the true pole, but not exactly, which causes the regular pulse.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2017 #3
    Ok, thanks for that clear & concise explanation.
    It makes sense now. :smile:
     
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