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Answer to Question #65153 in Astronomy | Astrophysics for ella rose

Question #65153
What are the two types of Nuclear energy?

Which type powers stars?

Which type is used in nuclear power plants?
Expert's answer
What are the two types of Nuclear energy?
Nuclear reactions and thermonuclear reactions are the two types of Nuclear energy.
Nuclear reactions: two nuclear particles (two nuclei or a nucleus and a nucleon) interact to produce two or more nuclear particles or gamma rays.
Thermonuclear reactions: fusion of two light atomic nuclei into a single heavier nucleus by a collision of the two interacting particles at extremely high temperatures.

Which type powers stars?
Thermonuclear reactions are the energy source on the Sun and other stars.

Which type is used in nuclear power plants?
Nuclear reactions are used in nuclear power plants. Now scientists are working on creation a controlled thermonuclear reaction.

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