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Jul 16, 2020

Supercomputer reveals atmospheric impact of gigantic planetary collisions

Posted by in categories: space, supercomputing

The giant impacts that dominate late stages of planet formation have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to new research.

Research led by Durham University and involving the University of Glasgow, both UK, has developed a way of revealing the scale of atmosphere loss during planetary collisions based on 3D supercomputer simulations.

The simulations show how Earth-like planets with thin atmospheres might have evolved in an depending on how they are impacted by other objects.

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