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Wavelength

The distance between two neighboring peaks or troughs of a wave.

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White Dwarf

A type of star which is very old, having cooled off and stopped nuclear fusion reactions. A white dwarf is supported by "electron degeneracy pressure" (no two electrons can be in the same place at the same time). These are produced when a star is not heavy enough to turn into a Neutron Star or a Black Hole.

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Worm Hole

A tube in spacetime which connects two widely separated places in the Universe. Wormholes could provide the possibility of time travel, though they would probably be very unstable, and only exist for a short period of time.

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Four Areas of Science

Inspiration

One who asks is a fool for five minutes; One who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Chinese Proverb

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About SXS

The SXS project is a collaborative research effort involving multiple institutions. Our goal is the simulation of black holes and other extreme spacetimes to gain a better understanding of Relativity, and the physics of exotic objects in the distant cosmos.

The SXS project is supported by Canada Research Chairs, CFI, CIfAR, Compute Canada, Max Planck Society, NASA, NSERC, the NSF, Ontario MEDI, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, and XSEDE.

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