You'll be surprised what the surface of the sun looks like. There were no such detailed photos of the star yet


The effect of the new telescope.

Solar Telescope Daniela K. Inouye (DKIST) located within the Haleakala Observatory on the Hawaiian island of Maui is a completely new scientific facility that has just been opened and was built for one purpose – to study the Sun. Although she has been conducting her observations for a short time, the results of her work have already delighted the whole world.

No, it is not the gold that can be seen on the first materials that come from the said telescope. The photo and video below show the surface of the Sun, and this in as detailed as no other photographs so far.

each "cell"that can be seen on the materials is the Sun. area larger than Poland. It measures about 1,100 kilometers in diameter. The whole frame covers a region whose diameter is 1.5 times the diameter of the Earth.

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The sun in 4K

Although the film from the telescope (which can be viewed in 4K) lasts only 14 seconds, in fact it presents on record of 10-minute activity on the surface of the Sun. During these 10 minutes, the hottest plasma (the bright part of each "cell") rises, then sinks and cools (creating dark "cell rings"). Interestingly, among these dark "borders" you can notice very strong shines, which are markers of the magnetic field penetrating the Sun's surface.

Although the Sun is the star closest to Earth, we still don't know everything about it. We still don't completely understand his behavior, such as those that lead to solar storms. Projects like the Solar Telescope Daniela K. Inouye do Solar Orbiter probe are implemented to change this.

These photos are just the beginning

Solar Telescope Daniela K. Inouye is a telescope that can observe the Sun as closely as any other observatory built so far. It was equipped with a mirror with a diameter of 4 meters (which makes it the largest solar telescope in the world) and an advanced cooling system that prevents overheating when concentrating a huge amount of sunlight. His apparatus allows him to see on the surface of the sun extremely small structures – up to 20 km in diameter.

Since the Solar Telescope Daniela K. Inouye has just started his work, in the future we will see even more such or even more detailed materials. I can't wait for them.

"These first photos are just the beginning.", said David Boboltz from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), which oversees the construction of the facility and its operations. "Over the next six months, a team of scientists, engineers and technicians will continue to test the telescope to prepare it for use by the international solar research community."

Source: NSF