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Pulsars

Pulsars are stars, however they are very strange stars, and also really fascinating. Pulsars are one of the most strangest objects to be found in the universe.

So you know that Pulsars are weird and very strange, but what are they exactly? Let’s get into it.

Firstly, Pulsars are Neutron stars. These stars are very ‘Dense’ and the difference between just standard Neutron stars and Pulsars is that Pulsars actually spin very rapidly on its axis.

Pulsars are similar to Magnetars in the fact that both stars are Neutron stars that are very magnetic, although Magnetars are very much more magnetic than Pulsars.

Pulsars spin a lot faster and more frequently more Magnetars, and while they spin they give of light in a spinning or turning motion similar to lighthouse, however much faster.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. A teaspoon of a Pulsar can weigh as much as the largest mountain on Earth.

# 2. Pulsars spin between 5,000 to 40,000 times per minute.   

# 3. Pulsars slow down as they age.

 

Q&A Corner                                       

Q: What is a Pulsar?

Q: What is a Magnetar?

Q: What are Pulsars likened to on Earth?

Q: How much does a teaspoon of a Pulsar weigh?

Q: How many times do Pulsars spin per minute?

Download questions about Pulsars here: Pulsars (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on Stars. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets

For further reading and more information on Pulsars visit https://www.universetoday.com/25376/pulsars/

  Key Vocabulary Neutron. Magnetar. Dense. Universe.