How Hot Is 1000 Degrees Celsius?

February 15, 2024

A temperature is a measurement of how hot or cold something is, such as outside air or body temperature. It can also be the temperature of liquids, for cooking, boiling, washing, etc. The Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales are the most widely used worldwide, but some people still use the Kelvin temperature scale, which does not have degrees.

A team of scientists has measured the temperature of iron at very high precision in a laboratory, and drew from this the temperature near the Earth’s centre. They found that it is 6000 degrees celsius, 1000 degrees hotter than in a previous experiment run 20 years ago. This result confirms geophysical models that the temperature difference between the solid core and the mantle above must be at least 1500 degrees in order for the planet to generate a magnetic field.

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was the inventor of his namesake temperature scale, but a Swedish astronomer named Anders Celsius invented the modern international Celsius (without "degree") temperature scale. The Celsius scale is based on the physical events of water boiling and freezing, with 100 degrees between them. It is also known as the Centigrade system because it divides into 100 equal parts.


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