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Computational Astrophysics

Theory is how scientists fit data collected from observation into a system of understanding. However, some astrophysical systems are too complicated to be treated adequately using straightforward theoretical calculations. These include the extreme environments near stars, black holes, and other places where strong gravity, magnetic fields, and high-temperature matter combine in complex ways. Systems like those require computational astrophysics, where researchers simulate the system on a computer and compare what they find with observations.