Computer artwork of a supernova explosion

Computer artwork of a supernova explosion

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Caption: Supernova. Computer artwork of a galaxy which has a star exploding as a supernova. The supernova is centred on the eight 'diffraction spikes' which occur when part of an image is overexposed. A sup- ernova occurs when a star of more than a few solar masses runs out of nuclear 'fuel' in its core. The star rapidly collapses under gravity, temporarily creating enough energy to make the star explode. A supernova can shine brighter than an entire galaxy before fading over time. In the supernova explos- ion, some of the outer gas shell of the star is blown out into space along with some heavy elem- ents from the core. The core will collapse furth- er, possibly forming a neutron star or black hole.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomy, cosmology, explosion, science, star death, stellar, supernova

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