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April 13, 2023

Visualization of a 25 solar mass star, produced by a simulation

A visualization of a 25 solar mass star, captured from a simulation generated by the supercomputer Frontera, depicts the varying velocities produced by the core’s convection, viewed across a thin slice. Faster velocities of gas (red and yellow) are found inside the core, while slower velocities (white and aqua) are found near the surface of the star. The colors clearly distinguish the star’s convective boundaries, which are the regions where the hot gas rises and the cold gas sinks.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants AST 1814181 and OAC 2032010.]

Learn more in the TACC news story Texascale days with Frontera: A win-win for researchers and TACC. (Date of image: 2022; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: April 13, 2023)

Credit: Paul Woodward/University of Minnesota

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