When a White Dwarf Explodes

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Science  03 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5603, pp. 53-54
DOI: 10.1126/science.1080084

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Type Ia supernova explosions are caused by the complete thermonuclear disruption of a white dwarf. Model studies attempting to elucidate the explosion mechanism have been limited to spherically symmetric one-dimensional models. In his Perspective, Branch highlights the three-dimensional model reported by Gamezo et al. Despite its limitations, the study heralds a new era of model complexity in supernova studies.