Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

What interesting thing did you do this summer, and how is it related to Chemistry?

For me, I saw the total solar eclipse.


Chemistry relevance:

  • Hydrogen atoms are compressed and fuse together to create Helium through nuclear fusion.
  • Temperature of the sun is 15 million degrees Celsius.
  • At this temperature, the gases heat up and the gases exist in a plasma state.

Abundance of elements in the sun are:

Element Abundance (% of total mass)
Hydrogen 71.0
Helium 27.1
Carbon 0.40
Nitrogen 0.096
Silicon 0.099
Magnesium 0.076
Neon 0.058
Iron 0.014
Sulfur 0.040

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