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Clearest and most detailed images yet of the sun revealed

First images and videos released today by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface.

New images taken with cameras developed by a UK consortium and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) show a close-up view of the Sun’s surface including a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma that covers the entire Sun. The images also show cell-like structures - each about the size of Texas which are the signature of violent motions that transport heat from inside the Sun to its surface.

The UK consortium is led by Queen’s University Belfast and includes Andor Technology, Armagh Observatory, University of Glasgow, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Northumbria University, University of Sheffield, St. Andrews University and University of Warwick.

NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope 4-metre solar telescope sits near the summit of Haleakalā in Hawaii.

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