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Chinese scientists create an artificial sun

Chinese research teams managed to create an artificial "sun", better known as Experimental Advanced Superconductor Tokamak (EAST), which is able to overcome temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius.

The Hefei Institute of Physical Sciences of China's Academy of Sciences announced this week that the electrons of their "sun" reached that caloric magnitude this year, in the course of a four-month experiment.

The EAST is a device for obtaining nuclear fusion energy and it was designed to mimic the way the sun generates its enormous caloric and luminous power. Unlike its Chinese analogue, the true star of the center of our solar system has a much lower temperature in its core, about 15 million degrees Celsius.

The objective of this "artificial sun" is to study nuclear fusion in order to use it one day as a source of alternative energy. Unlike nuclear fission energy, which leaves toxic waste, the energy obtained from nuclear fusion could be clean.

The "artificial Sun" is not the only invention of the Chinese in that field. Last October it was announced that the city of Chengdu, located in the province of Sichuan, elaborated an ambitious plan to launch in 2020 to the space an "artificial moon" that will illuminate its streets at night and replace the streetlights. (Taken from (Illustrative photo at