Newly-released images from the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii show the Sun’s surface in remarkable, unprecedented detail.
The National Science Foundation telescope, which is on the summit of Haleakala, Maui, is giving scientists new insight into the Sun. “The images show a pattern of turbulent‘ boiling ’plasma that covers the entire Sun,” said the National Science Foundation, in a statement . “The cell-like structures – each about the size of Texas – are the signature of violent motions that transport heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface.”
Scientists say that the telescope will boost our knowledge of how solar storms, for example, impact Earth . Solar, or geomagnetic, storms are disturbances in Earth’s magnetosphere or magnetic field caused by changes in solar wind. The largest of these storms are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge expulsions of plasma and magnetic field from the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere.