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The Sun’s vast sphere, 864,000 miles in diameter contains 335 billion cubic miles of violently hot gasses that weigh more than 2,000 quadrillion tons. Direct study can probe no deeper than the sun’s double atmosphere (the tenuous outer corona and the shallow, inner chromosphere) and it’s surface skin (the photosphere), because only the energy from these two zones reaches the earth after a 93-million mile journey in the form of visible light or invisible radiation. Yet the density, temperature and composistion of gasses in the suns’s hidden interior have been calculated, and astrophysicists know the nuclear processes that make them burn…

via Sci-Fi-O-Rama



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    j_bryon

    The sun is a mass of incandescent gas….

    jimmieq

    last sentence = wut wut wtf

    Phyreblade

    Two words. Mr. Fusion. The holy grail of power generation. ‘Nuff said.

    Luke Magnifico

    So it’s pretty hot, yeah?

    Robert Spam

    The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace. etc. from They Might Be Giants’s album Here Comes Science! It’s great! Pick it up!

    Also, my understanding is astrophysicist and particle physicists have actually imaged the heart of the sun using neutrinos! Think about that!

    conan776
    driver01z

    My eyes are burning just looking at that

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