Supernova 1987a explosion simulation

Supernova 1987a explosion simulation

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This image is part of the sequence Space: simulation of the star exploding as supernova 1987a
This image is part of the feature Supernovae

Credit: KONSTANTINOS KIFONIDIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova 1987a explosion (image 2 of 5). Computer simulation of a star exploding as Supernova 1987a 1620 seconds after its core collapsed. Density increases from black through red and orange to white. The supernova shock wave has left a dense shell between the hydrogen and helium layers of the star, with a relatively empty area inwards of it (black). Metals ejected from the core have just reached the shell here. Supernova 1987a was the explosive death of the blue supergiant star Sanduleak -69 202. Work done at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany. See images R732/041-45 for the explosion sequence.

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Keywords: after 1620 seconds, astronomy, cosmology, density, explosion, model, sanduleak -69 202, science, sequence, simulation, star death, stellar, supernova, supernova 1987a, supernova explosion, supernova matter

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