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Most detailed ever images of the Sun revealed

January 30, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments

The Sun's surface almost looks like caramel. Image Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA
Newly released high-resolution photographs show the surface of our star in more detail than ever before.
Like a bubbling, super-heated cauldron, the surface of the Sun has been revealed in unprecedented detail this week thanks to the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope which is situated on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, 10,000ft above sea level.

Incredibly, the above image, which shows an area of cellular formations each approximately the size of Texas, was taken during the telescope's testing phase, meaning that we can expect to see a wide range of highly detailed images of the Sun's surface once it becomes fully operational.
According to The National Science Foundation, within its first five years the telescope will collect more data about the Sun than all the other observatories in the last 400 years combined.

While this is going on, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which will venture within a mere 3.83 million miles of the Sun's surface, will also be collecting an unprecedented amount of data.

It's certainly going to be an exciting time for solar scientists.

Source: CNET.com | Comments (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Not A Rockstar 2 years ago
Just wow. What else can you say?
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 2 years ago
That looks HOT...  ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ozfactor 2 years ago
The Eye is watching . Top right 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 2 years ago
Looks pretty much how imaginations and CGI have rendered it in the past. Frightening and awe-inspiring, for sure. Imagine if you could hear it...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Powerful, scary and beautiful !

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