Q. 16

What is the nuclear fuel in the sun? Describe the process by which energy is released in the sun. Write the equation of the nuclear reaction involved.

Answer :

Hydrogen gas is the nuclear fuel in the sun. The sun can be assumed as a huge thermonuclear furnace where hydrogen atoms continuously get fused into helium atoms. Hence, the mass during these fusion reactions gets lost and as a product energy is being produced.

Nuclear reaction:

411H 42He + 2+10e + tremendous amount of energy

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