Scientists just created (and recreated) the hottest temperatures in this solar system. Our sun is luke warm compared to the 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit reached within Sandia National Labratory’s Z Machine.
This is hotter than the interior of our sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.
They don’t know how they did it.
Fortunately for us, we’ll never know if they accidentally spawn a nuclear reaction of all reactions and end the known world. So what exactly happens when this kind of heat touches anything. What’s plasma really like. How far away from a plasma bonfire would I have to be to roast a marshmallow?