Record-Breaking Laser Pulse Boosts
Fusion Power Hopes
One Giant Step towards 'Creating a Miniature
Star on Earth'
The world's most powerful laser has fired a record-breaking pulse that exceeded even its own design goals.
For 23 billionths of a second, the 192 ultraviolet lasers in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) generated the equivalent of 411 trillion watts of peak power, which the NIF described as being 1,000 times more energy than the entire US uses "at any instant in time".
The shaped laser pulse delivered a staggering 1.875 million joules of energy into the NIF's facility's target chamber center – and that was after the pulse traveled through diagnostic instruments and other optics on its journey to the target.
Just 55 Characters--Just Too Beautiful for words...
From a Fellow Google Plus-er.
A Post by One of the Meteorologists (Brad Panovich @WCNC) I Follow on Google+, reminded me about a
Celestial Event taking place this weekend.
Last Dance for Venus, Jupiter
and the Moon This Weekend
"It's not as sinister as it sounds..."
Linked Here: http://www.space.com/15019-venus-jupiter-moon-night-sky-dance.html