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First sunspot image from Inouye Solar Telescope

Sunspot image taken by Inouye Solar Telescope
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The science team for the new Inouye Solar Telescope, now in the final phase of construction, has released the telescope’s first high resolution sunspot image.

The image is to the right, reduced to post here, and was taken almost a year ago, on January 28, 2020.

“The sunspot image achieves a spatial resolution about 2.5 times higher than ever previously achieved, showing magnetic structures as small as 20 kilometers on the surface of the sun,” said [Dr. Thomas Rimmele, the associate director at NSF’s National Solar Observatory (NSO)].

The image reveals striking details of the sunspot’s structure as seen at the Sun’s surface. The streaky appearance of hot and cool gas spidering out from the darker center is the result of sculpting by a convergence of intense magnetic fields and hot gasses boiling up from below.

…This sunspot image, measuring about 10,000 miles across, is just a tiny part of the Sun. However, the sunspot is large enough that Earth could comfortably fit inside.

The start of official telescope operations is set to begin in ’21, and had been delayed because of the Wuhan flu panic. Construction had begun in ’13.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!

 

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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3 comments

  • Breath-taking imagery.

    Remember reading a National Geographic about the Sun (want to say late 60’s; cursory search didn’t yield results) where I was first exposed the ‘granularity’ of the Sun’s, and presumably, other star’s, surfaces. For me, a revelation.

    Perhaps we will revert to the time of monks in (scientific) monasteries.

  • wayne

    This somehow feels appropriate for this post:

    “Dr. Alexander Fridman: My Dad, the Plasma Physicist”
    Lex Fridman Podcast #100
    June 3, 2020
    https://youtu.be/6JipQNWuYnA
    3:38:33

  • pzatchok

    Sauron is looking right at me.

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