The luminary looks almost exactly like caramel popcorn up close.
The unusual shot was obtained with the Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), which is based in Hawaii. With this device, scientists supported by the US National Science Foundation managed to obtain a photo of the Sun with the highest resolution in history.
The surface of the star is covered in turbulent plasma, and these particles can be seen in the photo. Although they look a lot like popcorn up close, each ‘kernel’ can reach 700 thousand square km in dimensions. Due to changing temperatures, the plasma is constantly in motion. As soon as it reaches the surface, it creates dark lines, which can be observed in the video.
Scientists are hoping to continue their research. Over the past couple of years, we have managed to learn more about the Sun than in the entire history of observation since Galileo. Inouye Solar Telescope will enable us to expand the horizons of our knowledge even further.
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