Failure to Detonate (image) University of Chicago Caption A collaboration led by George Jordan at the University of Chicago's Flash Center for Computational Science has conclusively demonstrated a connection between white dwarf stars that fail to completely detonate and a class of oddly dim supernovae. This image, based on supercomputer simulations, shows the asymmetric surface characteristics of a white dwarf that fails to detonate. Credit Courtesy of Brad Gallagher, George Jordan/Flash Center for Computational Science Usage Restrictions News organizations may use this image in connection with reports on the University of Chicago's Flash Center for Computational Science. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.