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The first images from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Inouye Solar Telescope show a close-up view of the sun’s surface, detailing a pattern of turbulent plasma that covers the entire sun. Cell-like plasma structures — each about the size of Texas — are the result of violent motions that transport heat from inside the sun to its surface. The telescope can image a region of the sun 38,000 km wide, and the images reveal the smallest features ever seen on the solar surface, some as small as 30 km.
Scientists will use the images from the telescope to map the magnetic fields within the sun’s corona, where solar eruptions occur that can impact Earth. “This telescope will improve our understanding…READ MORE