“Mr. Burns: Smithers, hand me that ice-cream scoop.
Smithers: Ice-cream scoop?
Mr. Burns: Damn it, Smithers! This isn’t rocket science, it’s brain surgery!” -The Simpsons
I bet you’re one of those people who hears a term like “nuclear physics” and thinks that’s hard stuff, way over your head. But in many ways, it’s the easiest of all physics branches: if you can count protons and neutrons, you can do nuclear physics!
Well, nuclear fusion is the process that powers the Sun. But if you think it’s just fusing hydrogen into helium, you might be surprised to learn that’s not even the most common reaction taking place in the Sun!
How does the Sun really shine? Find out here.