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