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WHAT IS THE TYPICAL MAGNETIC FIELD PREDICTED FOR THE SURFACE OF A NEUTRON STAR?
- JENNIFER IGLESIAS (age 18)
KILLEEN HIGH SCHOOL, KILLEEN, TX, BELL
Neutron stars have the strongest magnetic fields of any stars
known. Relatively weak ones have magnetic fields strengths of about
10^8 G and strong ones can be as high as 10^12 G. In fact, one group of
scientists has recently discovered a young neutron star with a magnetic
field strength of 8*10^14 G! To give you a little bit of perspective,
the Earth's magnetic field (by which we orient our compasses) has a
strength of only 1 G, and very few scientists have been able to make
fields stronger than 10^6 G. For more information, check out this link
(republished on 07/19/06)
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