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Inouye Solar Telescope takes first ever photos of sun’s surface

Inouye Solar Telescope takes first ever photos of sun’s surface
The Siliconreview
31 January, 2020

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Space telescope which is in Hawaii has recorded the first ever photos of the sun’s surface. These photos will give astronomers information about the activity on the sun’s surface and how it affects the solar atmosphere in turn. The ground-based telescope which is part of the National Science Foundation will be used by a team cooperating with NASA’s solar probe to study the surface of the sun. The recent photos that were obtained showed plasma like activity on the surface with recurrent cooling which conveyed a boiling effect.

"Since NSF began work on this ground-based telescope, we have eagerly awaited the first images," said France Córdova, National Science Foundation director. "We can now share these images and videos, which are the most detailed of our Sun to date. NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope will be able to map the magnetic fields within the Sun's corona, where solar eruptions occur that can impact life on Earth. This telescope will improve our understanding of what drives space weather and ultimately help forecasters better predict solar storms."

The activity of the sun is studied by observed the surrounding atmosphere called Corona. This atmosphere is much hotter than the actual surface which is recorded at around 6000 Kelvin.