Supernova explosion, 3D simulation

Supernova explosion, 3D simulation

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This image is part of the feature When Stars Explode
This image is part of the sequence Space: 3D Supernova simulation

Credit: HAMMER, JANKA, MULLER & RAMPP/MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR ASTROPHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova explosion. 3D supercomputer simulation of a supernova expanding 3,879 seconds after ignition. The model represents a supernova measuring around 13.2 million kilometres in diameter. Colours represent outer surface chemical composition: blue for nickel, red for oxygen, green for carbon. Jets of stellar material are emerging from the star surface. Supernovae occur when a massive star has run out of nuclear fuel and its core collapses to form a neutron star. The collapsed core triggers a shock wave that powers the supernova explosion.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, computer simulation, expanding, exploding, space, star, supernova

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