NEWSLINE: A partially obscured fusion furnace

Once a plasma enthusiast, always a plasma enthusiast… Jean Jacquinot, former director of JET and of the French CEA Research Department for Controlled Fusion (and now an advisor to ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot) began his career in fusion in the mid-1960s. When he retired some forty years later he found himself a new passion: astrophotography. On Friday 20 March he took this striking image of our own familiar fusion furnace being partially obscured by the moon — note the small solar flare on the lower right of the Sun edge.