Massive stars live long, bright lives. But when they reach a certain age, they collapse and explode into what we know as a supernova. How they explode has always been a mystery to us. We know that it does, but how? We’ve tried using computers to create models of stars, but until now they could not do what scientists needed them to do. They did not show what we see in the real world. Stars have quite a lot going on under the surface.
Scientists at Michigan State University have built a 3-D model that does show us what we see in the real world. It is the first of its kind and will be an important tool for helping us better understand the details of how a star explodes and what causes it.
- “The Three-dimensional Evolution to Core Collapse of a Massive Star” in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
- Lead author: Sean Couch, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Michigan State University.
- University press release.