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Temperature in space

  1. May 19, 2012 #1
    What is the temperature in space? For me temperature is a measure of how fast the moelcules of matter are moving - this is what i have read. If molecules have more kinetic energy they have higher temperature

    But space contains nothing so no temperature? Does it have absolute zero temeprature?
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  3. May 20, 2012 #2


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    Space is nowhere a perfect vacuum. Even the voids between galaxy clusters contain several protons per cubic metre. That's enough to assign a temperature. 100,000K is common.
  4. May 20, 2012 #3
    Oh - didnt know that. What exactly is in space?
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  6. May 20, 2012 #5
    Thank you
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