It was once a theoretical possibility, a sci-fi pondering, but it has now become fact, actual reality fact. What am I talking about? I’m talking about ice that is almost as hot as the sun. That’s right, you heard me, I said ICE exists, has been created that is LITERALLY almost as hot as the sun.
The 60-times denser-than-water ice is believed to be what exists on planets like Uranus and Neptune. But scientists in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have actually created the almost-as-hot-as-the-sun ice.
|This Ice Is Nearly As Hot As the Sun. Scientists Have Now Made It on Earth|
It’s both solid and liquid, it’s 60 times denser than ordinary water ice, and it forms at temperatures almost as hot as the sun’s surface.
It’s superionic ice — and for the first time, scientists have made it in the lab.
This high-pressure form of water ice has long been thought to exist in the interiors of Uranus and Neptune. But until now, its existence was only theoretical.
“Our work provides experimental evidence for superionic ice and shows that these predictions were not due to artifacts in the simulations, but actually captured the extraordinary behavior of water at those conditions,” Marius Millot, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said in a statement from the laboratory. Millot was the leader author of a new study describing the work.
Scientists first predicted the existence of a weird water phase that makes the substance both solid and liquid at the same time 30 years ago. It’s also way denser than ordinary water ice because it forms only under extreme heat and pressure, such as those found inside giant planets. During the superionic phase, the hydrogen and oxygen within water molecules behave bizarrely; hydrogen ions move like a liquid, inside of a solid crystal lattice of oxygen. [The Surprisingly Strange Physics of Water]