Saturday, August 9, 2008

Professor B. Apples - Temperatures

Temperatures on the Sun

"The sun is a big star. At about 864,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) wide, it could hold 109 planet Earths across its surface. If the sun were a hollow ball, more than a million Earths could stuff inside it. But the sun isn't hollow. It's filled with scorching hot gases that account for more than 99.8 percent of the total mass in the solar system. How hot? The temperature is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius) on the surface and more than 28 million degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 million Celsius) at the core." - National Geographic

Professor B. Apples is far from precise on his golden sun cheese on cheeks study. Which temperature does he really mean? The questions on temperatures on the Sun are still not understood. What on Earth (no, I mean on Sun) is going on on that ball of hot plasma (it is NOT gas mind you, but the fourth state of matter, namely plasma)? It so happens that the atmosphere of the Sun becomes hotter than on what we define as the surface for some reason we still don't fully understand - or understand at all to tell the truth.

Anyways, let's just make the calculations simple and assume that the temperature is somewhere between 5.5 million degrees Celsius (stubborn-will-not-use-international-standards-countries can look above to transform the unit Celsius to local tribal units.) and 6 million degrees Celsius. Professor B. Apples recorded a temperature 35 times the temperature of the Sun's surface in the cheese. Now by using simple calculus we find that what he measured should have been between 192.5 million and 210 million degrees Celsius. Professor B. Apples report 525 million degrees Celsius. What is going on here? Have professor B. Apples finally discovered the secrets behind the solar temperatures? Have we all got it wrong?

I can't wait to hear more about the scrutinizing details of his research! Once he gets out of hospital.

Chunk of hot cheese?

Trace on temperature

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