Simulated Explosion of a White Dwarf.

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White Dwarf Exploding


For years scientists have hypothesized that certain type of supernovae (Ia), were caused by explosions of white dwarf stars. However, until now there has been no way to verify this through observations or computer simulations. Don Lamb and his team from the University of Chicago were able to simulate the explosion in 3D, and found that the white dwarf could completely explode in just 3 seconds. Link [NewScientist]

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lol a white dwarf is a class of star you morons, the result of a planetary nebula after a star's fuel(fusion of hydrogen into helium and then of helium into carbon till iron) depletes, and due to the gravitational pull of itself(higher layers) results on an explosion creating a white dwarf.
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