I don't care that this is neither timely nor newsworthy, I just saw this simulation on The Universe and I had to post something about it. This computation group at UChicago seems to have come up with these beautiful videos of Type Ia supernovae exposions. The spike originating from the center is the dramatic ignition of carbon, and the entirety of the simulation comprises only 3 seconds in real time.
You can see a better quality video and a decent article related to it here.
ASC / Alliances Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes
Update: It has recently come to my attention that the illustrious Zosia was part of the team responsible for stealing the very video shown above and posting it on YouTube. From the comments,
he got this video from ME, and i stole it from rocky, who stole it from don lamb...please, i'd like some credit for the multiple levels of stealing i'm responsible for. Credit awarded.
With all that larceny experience, it's no wonder she's so good at stealing from my blog.