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How do we know the temperature at the centre of the Sun?

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Though currently impossible to go there and take measurements, we can estimate the core temperature of the sun using maths.

Asked by: Dan Brooks, Bath

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Of course, no-one will ever go there to find out for certain, but we can still be pretty sure that it’s around 15,000,000°C. That’s the figure obtained from detailed mathematical models of the interior of the Sun, which have successfully explained features we can observe about both the Sun and other stars.


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