If only there could be a scenario where I could make semidetached, contact, and X-ray binaries.... Making such systems would be very interesting, but at the moment I need to focus on the stars alone, whether they are detached binaries or single stars. Thankfully binary stars like Procyon and Sirius are in the Wiki, so I will be making white dwarfs for those systems.
Herra is right about neutron stars. The main form of EM radiation these stars emit are X-rays and radio. The radio jets originate from the north and south magnetic pole of the star. When these poles happen to face the Earth, astronomers are able to detect this oscillation of radio emission in extremely short, periodic pulses. In my fantasy depiction of a neutron star, which in this case happened to be a pulsar, I created my interpretation of what the radio jets would look like from each pole if radio waves were actually visible. When the time comes for me to make neutron stars, I will definitely consider realism to my creation.
Neutron stars can also be X-ray bursters. Similar to how a cataclysmic variable involving the mass transfer of stellar matter from a companion star to an orbiting white dwarf periodically explodes as a nova, neutron stars can do the same, only more violently. Basically the larger star will have filled its Roche Lobe, and at the Lagrangian Point between the neutron star and the larger companion stellar matter will begin to flow unto the neutron star. This swirling matter essentially becomes an accretion disk, and as more matter gets dumped onto the surface of the neutron star, pressure increases; hence, the the surface of the neutron star becomes hotter. Eventually it will become so hot that hydrogen will fuse, causing an X-ray burst. Very interesting stuff...
As for white dwarfs being extremely dense, so are neutron stars on a much greater scale. A typical white dwarf is planet sized, a typical neutron star is city sized. White dwarfs can have a mass between 0.5-1.44 solar masses. I believe a neutron star hits its limit at around 4 solar masses. So basically we can have a situation were we have equal masses and extremely different volumes leaving us with extremely different densities.
Since you're creating beautiful effects for my favourite systems, finish with Sol. lol
PS I want the permission to use the latest image for a forum signature. Plz
Antares is a Red Giant, with a small star near it.
Of course, I will get to the Sun eventually.... even though its last on my list in terms of luminosity class,
. Since I know there are plenty of missions centered around the Sun in the FS universe I'll make an exception.
I like how you're telling me that you want
permission and not asking for permission
. No problem at all, go ahead and use the picture as you want. As for Antares A, remember it is a super
giant. Stars like Capella and Aldebaran are giants, and Antares makes these stars look like dwarfs. As for Antares B, it's infinitesimal compared to Antares A, but most likely 5-10 times larger than the Sun as it is a B2.5 main sequence star.
Well, with that said its time to go to my lab. I'll see what I can do for the Sun when I get home.