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Death Throes

Credit: Adam Burrows and Jason Nordhaus, Department of Astronomical Sciences, Princeton University
This colorful glob is actually a 3D simulation of a massive, dying star. The enormous stellar explosion, known as a …Read More »

, has the potential energy of 25 hundred trillion trillion nuclear weapons, according to researchers at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

Scientists created a series of step-by-step 3D simulations to mimic the different stages of the supernova explosion. These images are based on the idea that the collapsing star is not spherical, but distinctly asymmetrical, and is also affected by instabilities in the volatile environment surrounding its core. [Related: 101 Astronomy Images That Will Blow Your Mind]   Less «
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