Researchers working at the world’s largest solar observatory have shared a test image that shows the surface of the sun in unprecedented detail, with more to come as our star enters a potential record-breaking time of activity.
The newly released image is by Daniel K. of Hawaii. Inaugurated by the Solar Telescope (DKIST), which is still under construction. It was taken on January 26, 2020 and is the most detailed capture by humanity.
“The Sunspot image achieves a spatial resolution about 2.5 times higher than previously achieved and shows a magnetic structure about 20 kilometers (12 miles) above the surface of the Sun,” he said. According to astronomer Thomas Rimmel of the National Solar Observatory of the National Science Foundation.
Each ‘fiber’ around the Sun’s space is actually a transported cell – regions across about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles), hot plasma erupting from the center that cools as it flows from the outside and creates a noticeable effect around its perimeter.
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Sunspot, meanwhile, is a region where the sun’s magnetic field acquires extraordinary energy, disrupts normal service room activity and prevents plasma from bursting, maintaining cool temperatures and thus darkening the appearance.
The intersecting of this shifted magnetic field line could also create solar flares and coronal mass emissions that could interfere with life on Earth, releasing large amounts of energy and radiation.
These events can disrupt satellite activity, navigation systems, and in rare cases even knock power grids offline. Observing this type of solar activity is incredibly important and the immense description of the images captured by DKIST only at the test stage already shows remarkable promise.
The figure occupies an area across 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles), which means it can fit within the entire Earth (12,756 kilometers in diameter or 7926 miles).
The solar system is currently entering higher solar activity, occurring every 11 years or so, characterized by solar flares and a significant source in the solar system.
This powerful new solar observation will be able to observe this kind of cycle never before in the history of our civilization.
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