China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) just burned three times hotter than the Sun.
China is now one step ahead of the game of creating and maintaining plasma – an extremely hot, ionized hydrogen gas – which scientists hope to continue studying in their ongoing search for a new clean energy source.
Conducted on a magnetic fusion reactor at China’s Institute of Physical Science in Jiangsu, the reaction hoped to reproduce the conditions of nuclear fusion inside the Sun, and it produced roughly the same temperature as a mid-size thermonuclear explosion.
So just how hot was it?
The science scene is really heating up in China…