Photos: Snapshots from inside an exploding star

Argonne supercomputer shows mechanisms behind supernovas

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Argonne supercomputer shows mechanisms behind supernovas Source: Hongfeng Yu

Argonne supercomputer shows mechanisms behind supernovas

This Argonne supercomputer visualisation shows the mechanism behind the violent death of a short-lived, massive star.

The image shows energy values in the core of the supernova.

Different colours and transparencies are assigned to different values of entropy.

By selectively adjusting the colour and transparency, the scientists can peel away the outer layers and see what is happening in the interior of the star.

 

Physicists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have used the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer to model the extreme physics of a supernova explosion.

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