Sunday, August 29, 2010

Type 1a and 2 Supernova Simulations

"This animation shows a thermonuclear flame burning its way through a white dwarf star. The flame produces hot ash, which buoyantly rises as the flame burns. The ash breaks out of but remains gravitationally bound to the surface of the star and collides at a point on the opposite side of the star from the breakout location. The blue shows the approximate surface of the star and the orange shows the interface between the star and the hot ash produced by the flame."

Credit: DOE NNSA ASC/Alliance Flash Center at the University of Chicago.

This is certainly one of the most violent of all events in the Universe. But here, it seems very pretty.

Here is a type 2 simulation:

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