Supernova explosion, computer simulation

Supernova explosion, computer simulation

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This image is part of the feature When Stars Explode

Credit: THOMAS JANKA/MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR ASTROPHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova explosion. Computer simulation showing the gas velocities of a 15 solar mass star exploding into a supernova at one second after the start of the explosion. Supernovae occur when a massive star has run out of nuclear fuel and its core collapses to form a neutron star (white spot, centre). The collapsed core triggers a shock wave that powers the supernova explosion. This frame represents a simulation measuring 12,000 kilometres wide.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, expanding, exploding, explosion, neutron star, space, star, stellar, stellar matter, supercomputer simulation, supernova, turbulence, velocity

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