First 3D Simulations of Superluminous Supernovae #SpaceSaturday
The image is a 3D rendering of the nebula phase of the magnetar-powered super-luminous supernova from a new 3D simulation made from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s CASTRO code and supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). More from Phys.Org:
Because no one can actually see a supernova up close, researchers rely on supercomputer simulations to give them insights into the physics that ignites and drives the event. Now for the first time ever, an international team of astrophysicists simulated the three-dimensional (3-D) physics of superluminous supernovae—which are about a hundred times more luminous than typical supernovae. They achieved this milestone using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) CASTRO code and supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).
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