Artificial Sun

Contest Info

  • Started: 7/25/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 7/27/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 47
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
Artificial Sun
Contest Directions: OK, we all know the moon is made of cheese, but what is an artificial sun made of? Imagine that the "natural sun" went on vacation, and you need to save the world by constructing an artificial sun. Will you use any of the household items / products / materials of huge sizes to be the new sun, or any new technology? You are the creator today. Your entries can show the sun as seen from space or from earth. You are welcome to include surroundings (e.g, beach or city view) in your entries if you show snapshots "from earth".

Contest Info

    • Started: 7/25/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 7/27/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 47
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
This gallery only contains our top 48 selections from its parent contest Artificial Sun?. All 47 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Putting Earth on the Barbeque

    Putting Earth on the Barbeque
  • Fusion Power Over Russia

    Fusion Power Over Russia
  • Dali Sun Painting

    Dali Sun Painting
  • Man Flashing the Earth

    Man Flashing the Earth
  • Deep Sea Fish Sun

    Deep Sea Fish Sun
  • Match Sun Lighting the Earth

    Match Sun Lighting the Earth
  • Disco Ball Sunset

    Disco Ball Sunset
  • Solar Flashlight Aimed at the Earth

    Solar Flashlight Aimed at the Earth
  • Astronaut Plugging in an Electric Sun

    Astronaut Plugging in an Electric Sun
  • Neon Sign Sun

    Neon Sign Sun
  • Sunny Side Up Egg Sun

    Sunny Side Up Egg Sun
  • Sun Eye in Space

    Sun Eye in Space
  • Woman Holding a Da Vinci Sun

    Woman Holding a Da Vinci Sun
  • Space Heater Satellites By NASA

    Space Heater Satellites By NASA
  • Jack-O-Lantern Sun

    Jack-O-Lantern Sun
  • Al Gore Breathing Fire on the Earth

    Al Gore Breathing Fire on the Earth
  • Ghosty Sun Face

    Ghosty Sun Face
  • E.T. Sun at the Beach

    E.T. Sun at the Beach
  • Bud Light Shining on the Earth

    Bud Light Shining on the Earth
  • Candle and Magnifying Glass Sun for the Earth

    Candle and Magnifying Glass Sun for the Earth
  • Yellow Rose Sun in the Sky

    Yellow Rose Sun in the Sky
  • Hamster Powered Electrical Generator

    Hamster Powered Electrical Generator
  • Bart Simpson with the Sun Shining Out of his Bottom

    Bart Simpson with the Sun Shining Out of his Bottom
  • Light Bulb in the Sky

    Light Bulb in the Sky
  • Sun Lamp Lighting the Earth

    Sun Lamp Lighting the Earth
  • Happy Hour Neon Sign Shining on the Earth

    Happy Hour Neon Sign Shining on the Earth
  • Giant Spotlight Over a Pagoda

    Giant Spotlight Over a Pagoda
  • Light Bulb Sun Setting

    Light Bulb Sun Setting
  • FN Plasma Sun

    FN Plasma Sun
  • Balloon Ride Watching Disco Ball Sun

    Balloon Ride Watching Disco Ball Sun
  • The Chinese Galileo Gravitator Lamp

    The Chinese Galileo Gravitator Lamp
  • Sunflower Power Sun

    Sunflower Power Sun
  • Tabasco Sauce Sun

    Tabasco Sauce Sun
  • Diamond Sunset

    Diamond Sunset
  • Sunkist Morning Sun

    Sunkist Morning Sun
  • Wierd Sun and Planets at the Beach

    Wierd Sun and Planets at the Beach
  • Sun Eyeball

    Sun Eyeball
  • Sunflower Sun

    Sunflower Sun
  • Butterfly Sunset

    Butterfly Sunset
  • Microwaving the Earth

    Microwaving the Earth
  • Orange Juice Sun in a Field

    Orange Juice Sun in a Field
  • Apple Sun Over the Ocean

    Apple Sun Over the Ocean
  • The Golden Arches McDonald's Sun

    The Golden Arches McDonald's Sun
  • Michael Moore Sun

    Michael Moore Sun
  • TV SunSet Over the Ocean

    TV SunSet Over the Ocean
  • Starbucks Sun

    Starbucks Sun
  • Jennifer Lopez Sun Energy

    Jennifer Lopez Sun Energy
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Chinese researchers have announced the first ever plasma discharge from China's superconducting research center is set to occur next month. Their experiment is known as the artificial sun. The device is research into what is hoped ultimately will be a potentially infinite source of energy. This is achieved through the process of extracting deuterium from sea water under extreme temperatures. The discharge is expected to take place on August 15th. It will take place at the Science Island in Hefei, which is in the eastern part of China in the Anhui Province. The People's Daily reported these developments. Scientists, in interviews with the paper, stated that a successful test in August will represent the world's first nuclear fusion device to work. Many scientists around the world are concerned with what they see as risks inherent in the process. Chinese researchers have countered that any radiation from the process will be confined and will cease when the test is completed. Sun and ionosphere: It is impossible to study the ionosphere without corresponding research of processes near the Sun and their influences on processes in terrestrial atmosphere. This statement, first of all, is based on, that radiation of Sun radiation is the basic source of energy for atmospheric processes. Moreover, specific ionizing radiation, which is the reason for the existence of an ionosphere, or directly occurs as a result of specific processes near the Sun, or strongly depends on solar magnetic fields. Ionizing radiation, radiated by the Sun, constitutes only a small portion of all irradiation energy. Nevertheless, the influence of the Sun appears to be rather significant, if the question is about the distribution of radio-waves. Influence of superfluous ionizing radiation, which occurs due to perturbations on the Sun, appears to be much stronger. The ionosphere is formed during the photo ionization of atmospheric components by the x-ray radiation of the Sun and the short-wave (shorter than 1300 A) ultra-violet radiation. The bottom area is an exception; it is formed by galactic space beams. Despite extensive information on the ionosphere, the relative influence of these radiations is not yet clear. The reason is that accurate data about characteristics of the ionizing radiation of the Sun is not available and insufficient knowledge about the deionization processes and their speeds. At present, the most important problem is, possibly, the lack of knowledge about the radiation of the sun. Solar flares are the most important part of solar activity, which renders influence on the ionosphere. During these perturbations, intensive radiation in the x-ray spectrum takes place. X-rays with a huge amount of energy penetrate deep into the ionosphere, due to which ionized areas are formed at lesser heights and it essentially changes the distribution characteristics of radio-waves so that the complete termination of radio communication on high frequencies occurs from time to time. The energy stream, causing similar effects, can be less than 10 - 2 erg/cm2•sec. Sometimes radiation of a large quantity of protons, which are the reason for the temporary increased ionization at lower heights in the region of the polar caps, occurs during solar flares. Solar flares are also accompanied by geomagnetic disturbances, which influence the behavior of the streams of electrons in Polar Regions, causing a reduction in intensity of space rays.
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