Image of Type Ia supernova
Image of Type Ia supernova. These supernovae happen when material from one star (in a binary star system - large and orange in this picture) is drawn (via an accretion disk) onto a white dwarf (brilliant white at centre, with a mass close to the Chandrasekhar critical mass). Ultimately the white dwarf explodes and this is called a supernova.
Illustration ID: ASTRO-supernova
Illustration size: 11.9 Mpixels (34.2 MB uncompressed) - 4015x2975 pixels (13.3x9.9 in / 34.0x25.2 cm at 300 ppi)
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