White Dwarf Star

White Dwarf Star

A montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star as it is being disrupted by a massive black hole. In this scenario, the star, which is being flexed by the tidal field of the black hole, develops strong shocks on its surface (blue and green), but its remnant core survives disruption (illustrated in red). The sequence of 3D snapshots is produced by Forrest Kieffer, a Georgia Tech undergraduate student, and is based on relativistic hydrodynamic simulations carried out by Roseanne Cheng. (Credit: Tamara Bogdanovic)

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Aerospace, Research, Physics and Physical Sciences
astronomy, Black hole, physics, STAR
  • Created By: John Toon
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Dec 4, 2015 - 10:51am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:49pm