“The Fluid Universe: Rayleigh-Taylor Instability in Fluid Flow” by Bryan

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    The Fluid Universe: Rayleigh-Taylor Instability in Fluid Flow

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    This interactive simulation of Rayleigh-Taylor instability shows what happens when a heavier fluid lies on top of a lighter fluid. The gravitational force causes the heavier liquid to form “fluid fingers” that flow down into the lighter liquid, causing mixing and turbulence. There are many astrophysical objects that show this kind of behavior, such as the remnants of giant explosions called supernova and the atmospheres of some stars.


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