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China’s Artificial Sun Reaches 5 Times the Temperature of the Sun

China, which has been developing the ‘artificial sun’ for a long time, has recently made very valuable developments. The system, called “Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST – The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak)”, or simply referred to as “artificial Sun”, broke a new record the other day.

According to the news made by China’s official news agency Xinhua Tongxunshe, the artificial Sun managed to work at 70 million degrees Celsius for 17 minutes and 36 seconds. In other words, the artificial sun reached a temperature 5 times higher than our star, the Sun, thanks to this 17-minute respite. But this record was not a temperature record.

Previously, 160 million degrees Celsius was reached:

China’s artificial Sun set a record that shocked the world last May. EAST was run at 120 million degrees Celsius for 1 minute and 41 seconds. In a one-on-one experiment, EAST was heated to 160 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds. In other words, EAST managed to produce temperatures 10 times higher than the Sun.

The development goal of EAST, which is daunting to see these assets, is to provide almost unlimited pure power by mimicking the natural reactions that occur in the stars. The reason why EAST is called an ‘artificial Sun’ is not because of the temperatures it can reach, but because it actually imitates our star, the Sun. EAST mimics the nuclear fusion response that powers the real Sun, using hydrogen and deuterium gases as fuel. China has invested more than $12 trillion in this project to date.

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