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Type IA Supernova Visualization for NYU CCPP

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Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at NYU


NYU ITP, NYU CCPP, Stellar Forensics Research Group, Or Guar, Maryam Modjaz, Jennifer Tis Yue Zhang, Jessica Dutcher, and Chelsea Pfohl


This visualization portrays the inner workings of Type IA supernovae. These massive explosions occur when two white dwarf stars become gravitationally entangled, collide, and explode.

Production Notes

This video was originally presented as an interactive installation in the Stellar Forensics exhibit at The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab at NYU. Visitors to the exhibit used a Leap Motion enabled projection table to play the video as part of their playful investigation of different types of supernova. The video was scaled and masked to display on a circular projection surface. The visualization will eventually be used for instruction.