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Because moving charges generate magnetic fields, I would think that a neutron star’s axis of rotation and axis of the magnetic field would line up; Why don’t they?

Thomas Knost, Mills River, North Carolina
RELATED TOPICS: NEUTRON STARS
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A neutron star is the extremely compressed leftover core of a star that began life with between 10 and 30 times the Sun’s mass. Moving charges do generate magnetic fields, as you suggest; however, the rotation of the neutron star moves both positive charges (ions) and negative charges (electrons) together. Therefore, the overall rotation of the neutron star doesn’t generate a net electrical current or magnetic field.

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