A Billion Degrees Of Separation

It was -3°C when I left for work this morning.  Cold, yes, but far from the coldest place in the country let alone the universe!

BBC Future, one of the BBC’s lesser known sections (that focuses on technology, science, and environment),  has put together a fascinating insight into the range of temperatures in our known universe.  With either end of the spectrum sensibly called “absolute cold” and “absolute hot” here’s a view of everything in between.

Click each section of the image to view full size.

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Some of you, as I do, may remember the notion of absolute zero from school, -273°C , but almost all of the upper values beyond a few thousand degrees were new to me.  If you thought the Earth’s core was hot at around 6000°C, wow just look at where the temperature scale ends up – an entirely incomprehensible 1 decillion °C!

Via It’s Okay To Be Smart.

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5 Responses to “A Billion Degrees Of Separation”


  1. 1 alexandriawilliams2014 January 21, 2015 at 2:05 am

    This is too cool! I knew most of the cold temperature stuff (I’m a microbiologist, pretty familiar with -80 freezers and liquid nitrogen, AND I’m from Alaska to boot!) but I had never heard of ‘absolute hot!’ Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. 2 rdipyaman January 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Reblogged this on Dipyaman Roy and commented:
    Informative post

  3. 3 rdipyaman January 21, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Could you please send me the actual BBC FUTURE link.


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