Make Your Own Pulsar!
Type: Expo Zone
Pulsars are among the most extreme objects in the universe! They're made of dead stars called neutron stars that have as much mass as the Sun crammed into a sphere only 15 miles across. Pulsars are different from other neutron stars in that they have magnetic fields more than one trillion times as strong as the Earth’s magnetic field. The north and south magnetic poles shine lighthouse-like pulses of light as the pulsar rotates many times per second. Scientists have seen about 2,000 pulsars, but estimate that there should be hundreds of millions of pulsars and other neutron stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. In this hands-on activity, you’ll get to craft your own pulsar to take home!
- Abbie Stevens , NSF Postdoctoral Fellow , Physics & Astronomy , MSU
Ages: All Ages
- Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry
Time and Location
Date/Time: 4/6/2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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