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German Scientists Just Tested the ‘World’s Largest Artificial Sun’

JUELICH, GERMANY - MARCH 21: Employee, Volkmar Dohmen, stands in front of Xenon arc lamps that form a large artificial sun at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on March 21, 2017 in Juelich, Germany.
A large artificial sun called Sunlight can emit up to 10,000 times the intensity of the sun's light.
PHOTOGRAPH BY Picture-Alliance / Barcroft 

The following is an excerpt from Frank Jordans | March 23, 2017 | Time.com |

(BERLIN) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel.

The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights — officially known as "Synlight" — in Juelich, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that's often in short supply in Germany at this time of year.
By focusing the entire array on a single 20-by-20 centimeter (8x8 inch) spot, scientists from the German Aerospace Center, or DLR, will be able to produce the equivalent of 10,000 times the amount of solar radiation that would normally shine on the same surface.

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