The new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is the world’s largest solar telescope, it captured its first image of the sun — the highest-resolution image of our star to date.
A video of the footage compiled by researchers shows the golden-orange surface of the Sun, covered in cell-like structures that are “the size of Texas” as well as “tiny footprints of magnetism” extending into space – the university said in a statement.
“It is literally the greatest leap in humanity’s ability to study the Sun from the ground since Galileo’s time. It’s a big deal,”
– Jeff Kuhn of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA).
The telescope will be used to study the Sun’s workings. Scientists want fresh insights on its dynamic behavior in the hope that they can forecast better its energetic outbursts — what is often referred to as “space weather”.