Simulation shows how to detect rapidly spinning stellar core

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12/26/2017 12:12 PM EST

The inner regions of a collapsing, rapidly spinning massive star

The inner regions of a collapsing, rapidly spinning massive star. The colors indicate entropy, which roughly corresponds to heat: red regions are very hot, while blue regions are cold. The black arrows indicate the direction of the flow of stellar material. The two white curves with black outlines …

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