Temperature is the intensity of heat or coldness in a substance, object or environment. In the United States this is measured with a scale known as Fahrenheit that was historically common in other countries until the post WWII era when all other major nations switched to a scale called Celsius that is arguably more intuitive because it places the freezing point of water at 0°C and the boiling point at 100°C. The following are examples of notable or interesting temperatures.
Carbon has the highest melting point of any element at 6,422°F. Helium has the lowest melting point at -458°F. The surface of the Sun is not as hot as the Sun's outer atmosphere known as the corona that reaches about 2 million °F. The core of the Sun is the hottest thing in the Solar System. According to NASA, the energy released by the Sun in one second is approximately equivalent to 1.5 million times the annual energy consumption of all humans.Next read: Examples of Melting Points
Fahrenheit ( °F )
Celsius ( °C )
Surface of Pluto
Surface of Neptune
Surface of Uranus
Surface of Saturn
Surface of Jupiter
Lowest temperature on Earth recorded July 21, 1983 at Vostok, Antarctica
Surface of Mars
Point at which Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same
Freezing point of sea water
Freezing point of water
Average surface temperature on Earth
Normal body temperature
Hottest temperature on Earth recorded July 7, 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch, CA, USA
Boiling point of water
Surface of Mercury
Surface of Venus
Melting point of gold
Melting point of iron
Melting point of carbon
Surface of Sun
Temperature of Lightning (max approx)
Core of the Sun (approx)
27 million °F
15 million °C
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