Astounding, Eerily Beautiful Surface of Our Sun.

 

“We have now seen the smallest details on the largest object in our solar system. What we previously thought looked like a bright point, one structure, is now breaking down into many smaller structures.”

— Thomas Rimmele, Director of the Inouye Solar Telescope Director, Maui, Hawaii

 

February 1, 2020  Summit of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii – A brand-new and powerful solar telescope has stunned the world with the best, most detailed images/videos ever taken of our Sun’s surface. Called the Inouye Solar Telescope after Hawaii’s deceased U. S. Senator Daniel Inouye, it is managed by the National Science Foundation near the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawaii.

NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope is a 4 meter solar telescope located on Maui, Hawai’i. Here, it sits atop Haleakalā, high above the clouds, with the perfect coronal skies visible in the background. Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA
Inouye Solar Telescope is a 4 meter solar telescope located on Maui, Hawaii, near the summit of Haleakala. There above low  clouds is a blue sky and beautiful, radiating sun. Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA.

It’s like watching kernels of gold corn undulating as if on liquid, but we know our Sun is mostly hydrogen and helium plasma. Those moving “kernels” are solar granules. They are the tops of convection cells in the solar plasma where hot plasma rises in the middle and then falls back down around the edges as it moves outwards and cools. Each granule is up to 994 miles in diameter (1,600 km), which is wider than the state of Texas. And there are trillions of them on our dear Sun that keeps Earth life warm.

This Inouye Solar Telescope close-up of the Sun shows the moving granules of solar plasma rising and falling on the surface.

The Inouye Solar Telescope Director, Thomas Rimmele, says:  “It’s all about the magnetic field. To unravel the Sun’s biggest mysteries, we have to not only be able to clearly see these tiny structures from 93 million miles (150 million km) away here on Earth, but very precisely to measure their magnetic field strength and direction near the surface and trace the field as it extends out into the million-degree corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun.”

The brand-new Inouye Solar Telescope sees large bubbling cells the size of Texas, but can also see tiny features as small as Manhattan Island. This is the first time these solar granules have ever been seen in detail. The Inouye Solar Telescope is showing us three times more detail than anything we've ever seen before. For more information about this extraordinary new solar telescope, visit: www.nso.edu

 

Also see:

09-02-2015 – Is Our Sun “Going to Sleep” in 2030?


More Information:

03-08-2018 – Cosmic Ray Radiation Is Dangerous and Getting Worse As Sun Is Often Spotless
09-02-2015 – Is Our Sun “Going to Sleep” in 2030?
03-29-2013 – Part 1: 12,000-Year-Old Gobekli Tepe – Is It Linked to the Star Deneb in the Cygnus Constellation?

04-07-2019 – Part 4:  Mysterious 12,000-Years-Old Gobekli Tepe, Turkey – Interview with Geologist Robert Schoch.
04-06-2019 – Part 3:  Mysterious 12,000-Years-Old Gobekli Tepe – Buried to Escape Incoming Comets? Meteorites? Huge Solar Flares?
04-05-2019 – Part 2:  Mysterious 12,000-Years-Old Gobekli Tepe – Odd Pillar Creatures, Bizarre Totem and Mouthless Man
04-04-2019 – Part 1: Mysterious 12,000-Year-Old Gobekli Tepe


Websites:

Inouye Solar Telescope: https://www.nso.edu/telescopes/dki-solar-telescope/

“Solar Minimum Is Coming,” NASA Science: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/news-articles/solar-minimum-is-coming


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