A new telescope newly captured the most comprehensive pictures yet of Sun. However, the internet could not stop itself from cracking jokes on how it looked like chikki.
The never-before-seen pictures of the Sun’s turbulent cover are released by the National Science Foundation within the US. The Daniel K Inouye Solar telescope (DKIST) on the top of Haleakala, Maui in Hawaii, published the pictures that show details as tiny as 30 km across the sun, reported the BBC.
This is exceptional when setting against the order of our star, which has a diameter of around 1.4 million km and is 149 million km from Earth. The cell-like structures are approximately the size of the US state of Texas. They are transmitting masses of hot, excited gas, or plasma.
The bright centers are where this solar material is rising; the encompassing dark lanes are where plasma is freezing and sinking. After the very best resolution image of the sun’s surface was released, the web had tons to mention about it and a few reactions have left us in splits.
The DKIST may be a fresh facility located atop Haleakala, a 3,000m-high volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Its 4m primary mirror is the world’s largest for a solar telescope.
The telescope is going to study the Sun’s workings. Scientists want fresh insights on its dynamic behavior within the hope that they will forecast better its energetic outbursts – what are often mentioned as “space weather”.
DKIST could also be a complement to the Solar Orbiter (SolO) space observatory which is being launched next week from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This joint European-US probe will take images of the Sun from the closest-ever viewpoint from just 42 million km from the surface.