New images from the world’s largest solar laboratory have been released. This laboratory is called the Daniel K. Inoue Solar Telescope, located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Researchers took the picture on January 28, 2020, but it has recently been released to the public. The giant sunspot in the middle of the image below is about 10,000 kilometers wide.
Scientists say that the earth’s sunspots are large enough to hold very little space in them. The National Science Foundation owns a telescope and released the image Friday with a video of the sun. According to researchers, sunspot images have about 2.5 times more spatial resolution than previously achieved.
That resolution allows the image to show the magnetic structure at a distance of 20 kilometers from the solar surface. Although the telescope is the largest solar laboratory in the world, it is still nearing completion. The picture shows the telescope’s optical improvements and how well the four meter primary glass makes it possible for scientists to see the sun during the next solar cycle.
The project researchers pointed out that this image is not the same sunspot that is now visible to the naked eye in the sun. At this time, you should also notice that you can not see the sun directly without special equipment. The sunspot sheet seen in the photo is the first in a series of articles published in solar physics, the data of which have been compiled by a laboratory.
The striped appearance in the middle of the dark sunspots shows how hot and cold gas moves out of the darkness and in the middle, sculpted by the meeting between strong magnetic fields and hot gas rising from above. Dark sunspots are cooler than the area around the sun, but still warmer than 7500 degrees Fahrenheit.