Inouye Solar Telescope takes most detailed images of the sun to date

The first images taken by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) latest solar telescope show the cell-like structures “the size of Texas” that cover the sun’s surface.

The snapshots show a pattern of “turbulent boiling plasma” that covers the whole of the sun’s surface.

According to the NFA, each of the cell-like structures depicted are approximately the size of Texas, and are a sign of “violent” motions that transport heat from the inside of the sun to its surface.

This process, known as convection, sees the hot solar plasma rise to form the bright centres of the cells before cooling off and sinking below the surface, creating dark “lanes”.

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