Here is the most detailed photo of the sun ever taken

Jan 30, 2020

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Here is the most detailed photo of the sun ever taken

Jan 30, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) has produced the highest resolution image of the Sun’s surface ever taken. The world’s largest solar telescope captured the staggering amount of detail on the star’s turbulent surface. And for the first time ever, we can see the features of areas as small as 30km (18 miles).

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) explains that the photo was taken at 789nm and it covers an area 36,500 × 36,500 km (22,600 × 22,600 miles or 51 × 51 arcseconds).

 “Hot solar material (plasma) rises in the bright centers of “cells,” cools off and then sinks below the surface in dark lanes in a process known as convection. In these dark lanes we can also see the tiny, bright markers of magnetic fields. Never before seen to this clarity, these bright specks are thought to channel energy up into the outer layers of the solar atmosphere called the corona. These bright spots may be at the core of why the solar corona is more than a million degrees!”

image credits: NSO/NSF/AURA

If you didn’t know what was in the photo, the Sun probably wouldn’t be your first thought. For example, when my boyfriend was passing by my computer, he took a glance at the monitor and asked: “Is that corn?” :) Well, no, it’s not. See those cell-like structures in the photo? Each one of them is about the size of Texas, as NSO explains. Here’s a photo that should help you put it into perspective:

image credits: NSO/NSF/AURA

This image is certainly impressive to look at, especially when you put things into perspective. To me, it looks like something observed under a microscope. I think it’s an interesting thought that we can see similar patterns in the universe on both a large and a small scale. But other than being awe-inspiring and thought-provoking for us common folks, this incredible image will, above all, help scientists to better understand the behavior of our Sun.

[via The Guardian]

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9 responses to “Here is the most detailed photo of the sun ever taken”

  1. John Sleek Avatar
    John Sleek

    This photo does not seem to make sense.

    1. Keiran Blackwell Avatar
      Keiran Blackwell

      John Sleek why?

  2. Kevin Cheung Avatar
    Kevin Cheung

    The headline makes no sense whatsoever.

    1. Keiran Blackwell Avatar
      Keiran Blackwell

      Kevin Cheung how so?

    2. Kevin Cheung Avatar
      Kevin Cheung

      Keiran Blackwell it originally read “Here is the most detailed photo of the sun ever taken until today”, which implies an even better photo was taken today.

      They’ve obviously changed it after my comment went up.

  3. Michael Dexter Avatar
    Michael Dexter

    Carmel corn! Yay

  4. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
    Rahim Mastafa

    That’s still pretty rubbish…

  5. Wilson W Wilson Avatar
    Wilson W Wilson

    boiling toffee

  6. Jo Mason Avatar
    Jo Mason

    in the report they said that a single bubble was the size of Texas – that’s awesome.