The Most Extreme Temperatures in the Universe
Date: 2020-01-03 11:00:09
Try to remember the hottest you’ve ever felt! The stifling heat and irking sensation of sweat trickling down your back and forehead. But if you think that was hot, what if I tell you there are things in our Universe that are literally billions of times hotter?
As you may know, the Solar System itself can be a pretty scorching place. The average temperature of the Earth’s core reaches a blazing 10,800 degrees F, which is 800 degrees higher than the surface of the Sun! As for the Sun’s super-hot center, it heats up to 27,000,000 degrees F! But in terms of the Universe, these temperatures are nowhere near the hottest!
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The Boomerang nebula, called the “coldest place in the universe,” reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope: By NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech,
Supernova remnant W49B. X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/L.Lopez et al; Infrared: Palomar; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA,
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– The temperature at the core of a supernova is an incredible 6,000 times higher than that of the Sun’s core. And that means it can reach several billion degrees F within microseconds!
– The highest temperature has been discovered – or is it better to say created? – on Earth; in Switzerland, to be exact.
– In 2012, scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider crashed the ions of lead to “cook” a so-called “subatomic soup.” The result was a plasma with an astonishing temperature of 9.9 trillion degrees F!
– Theoretically, there’s a point at which atoms stop moving. This temperature is called Absolute Zero, and it’s equal to 0 degrees Kelvin or -459.67 degrees F.
– Several places in the Solar System come pretty close to Absolute Zero. For example, craters near the South Pole of the Moon are permanently shadowed and never see sunlight.
– But the most naturally-cold thing in the visible Universe is the mysterious Boomerang Nebula. This nebula is located approximately 5,000 light-years away from the Earth, and its temperature is considered to be just 1 Kelvin, or -four hundred some degrees F!
– The coldest temperature people have ever recorded was on Earth! It happened in an Italian underground laboratory, where scientists chilled a 35-cubic-ft chunk of copper to an incredible 6 millikelvins.
– The coldest habitable place in the world is Oymyakon village in Russia. There, the temperature often drops below 32 degrees F in September, and it doesn’t get any warmer until the middle of April.
– The temperature in the village dropped to -96 degrees F, which became the coldest recorded temperature in the Northern Hemisphere!
– How about we move to the hottest place on the Earth? It’s Death Valley in California. Unfortunately, researchers are still arguing about whether this place holds the record for the hottest ever recorded surface temperature: 201 degrees F on July 15, 1972.
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