Computer Code Gives Astrophysicists First Full Simulation Of Star’s Final Hours

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Using Maestro, researchers simulate the radial velocity surfaces of a Type 1a Supernova as it approaches the point of ignition.

The precise conditions inside a white dwarf star in the hours leading up to its explosive end as a Type Ia supernova are one of the mysteries confronting astrophysicists studying these massive stellar explosions. But now, a team of researchers, composed of three applied mathematicians at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two astrophysicists, has created the first full-star simulation of the hours preceding the largest thermonuclear explosions in the universe. Continue reading… “Computer Code Gives Astrophysicists First Full Simulation Of Star’s Final Hours”

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