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62966.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:20 am Reply with quote

QUESTION: What is the hottest place in the solar

FORFEIT: The middle of the sun.

ANSWER: A Laboratory in New Mexico.

In March 2006, scientists at the Sandia Lab in New
Mexico created superheated gas which exceeded 3.6
billion degrees Fahrenheit.

The Z machine, which produced the record, is the
largest X-ray generator in the world. It uses a
network of electricity, tungsten wires, and magnetic
fields to create the plasma which is hotter than the
interior of stars.

62976.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:34 am Reply with quote

That is a fantastic picture of the machine, isn't it. Everything one could want in a piece of physics equipment.

62981.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:48 am Reply with quote

Oh yeah. Here it is:

63020.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:40 am Reply with quote

"In a previous series, we had a question on the coldest place in the universe, which turned out, bizarrely, to be in a lab on Earth. The hottest place, though ... now, that'd be a different matter. Where is the hottest place in the Solar System?"

63022.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:44 am Reply with quote

There's some evidence that the temperatures inside colliding neutron stars (that produce gamma and x-rays) is hotter still, but there aren't any of those in the solar system. Which is good.

63026.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:48 am Reply with quote

Just as well. I like it hot, but I don't like it that hot.


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