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Supernova explosion

Supernova explosion

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ADAM BURROWS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ADAM BURROWS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Supernova explosion. Supercomputer simulation of an 11-solar-mass star exploding as a supernova. Temperature is represented by colours, red for hot rising material, blue or purple for cold, in- falling material. The stellar core is seen at a green spot in the middle. A supernova is a massive star that has exhausted its fuel causing its core to collapse. Imploding material from the outer shell creates a shock wave that bounces back and ejects the material. It is thought that the shock wave alone is not enough to cause the supernova and another mechanism, such as sound waves, might also be involved. Simulation created in 2006 by Adam Burrows using the Berkeley supercomputer center, USA.

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