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Article of the month: April 2014

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Image credit: composite of 25 images of the sun, showing solar outburst/activity over a 365 day period; NASA / Solar Dynamics Observatory / Atmospheric Imaging Assembly / S. Wiessinger; post-processing by E. Siegel.

The Power of the Sun's Engines

Here's something to think about: One second of the sun's emissions could power all the world's energy needs for over 700,000 years. Learn more about the sun's power as Ethan Siegel puts this staggering amount of energy into perspective in this month's column.

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