Up to now, the highest natural temperature recorded on Earth was 56.7 °C (134.1 °F). It was recorded on July 10, 1913 in Furnace Creek Ranch, located on the Death Valley desert in the United States. At July 2017 in Furnace Creek was also the hottest place during a single month, with average monthly temperature around 41.80 °C (107.24 °F).
However that is not even close the highest temperature ever reached!
Even the temperature of a normal candle can reach up to 1400 °C (2552 °F). What’s interesting is that colors can tell you the temperature of the flame – the light blue innermost zone is the hottest. The furthered from candle wick, the lower the temperature. In the red outer rim temperature drops to around 800 °C (1472 °F).
So what was the highest temperature ever recorded?
The highest temperature ever created by a man was 5.5 trillion °C (10 trillion °F)! To put this into perspective, the core of the sun has “only” 15 million °C (27 million °F). So for a brief we could witness a temperature higher than the one released during a supernova explosion.
And how was this achieved? It was a result of experiment conducted in ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) of seven detector experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). ALICE uses lead ions to create a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) – a peculiar state of matter believed to have existed for about ten-millionths of a second right after the Big Bang – the birth of the universe.
But is there an highest attainable temperature?
Some say that yes, indeed there is. It’s called absolute hot – while the lowest temperature is called the absolute zero. According to the Planck temperature scale, where absolute zero is marked as 0 and absolute hot as 1, the temperature of absolute hot would be 1.417 × 1032 °C (2.550 × 1032).
So next time when you’re hot, remember that it can always be hotter.