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Supernova snapshot


A supercomputer simulation reveals the beauty of an exploding star.


A simulation of the first seconds of a star exploding in a supernova.
A simulation of the first seconds of a star exploding in a supernova.
Courtesy of Adam Burrows and collaborators/Princeton/TEAMS

This snapshot of a simulation of the explosion of a supernova in its first seconds shows an area more than 2,500 kilometer across. The outer surface is the blast wave, and the interior coloring is a rendering of the entropy ('heat') of the shocked material.

The image is a result of calculations and rendering by Adam Burrows and his collaborators at Princeton, who use supercomputers to simulate some of the most violent, high-energy phenomena in the universe, such as black hole mergers and supernovae.

Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
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