# If a pulsar's rotational and magnetic axes were aligned and both aimed at us, would we see a steady radio source?

In other words, a non-pulsing pulsar?

• Interesting question! I've adjusted your title a bit, does it look okay? – uhoh Sep 2 '20 at 3:35

If both of these are pseudo-randomly distributed and the pulsar beam is narrow, then this is inherently a very unlikely scenario. The cumulative probability of a randomly oriented axis in space having an inclination $$, where $$i=0$$, means aligned, is $$1 - \cos i$$. And if both line of sight and magnetic-rotation axes require close alignment, you are dealing with the product of two of these factors.