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Heaven’s Fury — Modelling the Exploding Star

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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.

[Link: NewScientist – Snapshots from inside an exploding star]

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  1. blue gene is the bomb! certain things IBM did great, eh…


    October 5, 2009 at 5:23 am

  2. Indeed, the future of supercomputer is in their good hand.


    October 10, 2009 at 1:33 am

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