U of Chicago blows a white dwarf star in 3D

For the first time, researchers simulated the explosion of a white dwarf. White dwarf stars pack one and a half times the mass of the sun into an object the size of Earth. When they burn out, the ensuing explosion produces a type of supernova that astrophysicists believe manufactures most of the iron in the universe.

White dwarf explosion

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Source: University of Chicago.