Awe-inspiring close-up images of the Sun have been released by the National Science Foundation. These images from the Inouye Solar Telescope can shed light on new research.
It has released awe-inspiring close-up images of the Sun by the Inouye Solar Telescope. These images, which are only a small part of the data collected to date, reveal the details of the chromosphere layer of the Sun, also known as the color sphere.
Close-up images of the sun released
For those who don’t know, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) is described as the most powerful ground-based solar telescope in the world. Inouye, which has a 4 m wide mirror compared to other telescopes and is located on the island of Maui in Hawaii, collects more sunlight, allowing high resolution images to be recorded.
Each of the images released by the National Science Foundation is about 82,500 km wide. That is, it represents less than ten percent of the total diameter of the Sun.
The above image of sunspots shows cold, dark regions of the Sun’s surface, also known as the photosphere. Although sunspots vary in size, most are roughly Earth-size or larger, according to the researchers. Also, these groups of spots are seen as the source of the flares and coronal mass ejections that produce solar storms.
In the right image, dark, elongated fibrils originate from small-scale magnetic field deposits in the chromosphere layer. On the left, just below the photosphere, the lowest layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, we see solar granules, the result of convection currents of plasma in the Sun’s convective region.
Reportedly, new information gathered from the Inouye Solar Telescope will be compared with data collected from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission and Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). These images are also expected to shed light on the many mysteries the Sun has to offer, including the origin of solar magnetism, the mechanisms of coronal heating, and the solar wind, flames and coronal mass.