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The center of the sun is hot. Really, really hot. But human scientists here on Earth — on humble Long Island, to be more specific — have created a temperature that is much, much hotter. 250,000 times hotter, in fact. That temperature — 7.2 trillion degrees Farenheit or 4 trillion degrees Celsius (but really, does the difference in 3.2 trillion degrees mean anything to anyone? This number is so big, and this temperature is so hot, that quantification defies understanding) — has now been officially recognized by the record-lovers at Guiness as the “Highest Man-Made Temperature.”
…Scientists created the temperature in the course of smashing gold ions together at close to the speed of light. When the ions collide, the energy released “melts” the neutrons and protons down into their parts, quarks and gluons. This “soup” of quarks and gluons, (known as QGP or “quark-gluon plasma”) resembles a state of matter thought to have existed for ten-millionths of a second just after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago.
The collision is illustrated and explained in the video.
Technology - Rebecca J. Rosen - Humans Create a Temperature 250,000 Times Hotter Than the Sun, Right Here on Earth - The Atlantic
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