Regardless of the various studies about the Sun, the boiling hot atmosphere of the star is still surrounded in mystery.
The highest resolution images of the Sun that’s ever been taken so far are detailing some mysterious details about the sun’s outer layer.
The images were captured by the space-based NASA High-Resolution Coronal Imager telescope (Hi-C), and then they were analyzed by a team of scientists from both NASA and the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom, according to the latest reports coming from Inverse.com.
The stunning images are revealing the outermost layer of the Sun’s atmosphere which was previously believed to be somewhat bare. It seems that this is actually teeming with snake-like thin, magnetic threads that are filled with boiling hot plasma.
The plasma is hot electrified gas and it can reach millions of degrees Fahrenheit.
Unprecedented images of the Sun
The images are detailed in research that’s been published in The Astrophysical Journal. Besides the image of the Sun which is definitely an unprecedented one, this study is offering new insight into the star’s massive solar storms.
The new images are showing the plasma threads that are swirling around in the Sun’s outer layer.
As experts’ ability to view the Sun is improving with more advanced tech, we’ll be able to get a glimpse at the chaotic dynamics of the star in greater details.
“Until now solar astronomers have effectively been viewing our closest star in ‘standard definition’, whereas the exceptional quality of the data provided by the Hi-C telescope allows us to survey a patch of the Sun in ‘ultra-high definition’ for the first time,” Robert Walsh, professor of Solar Physics at University of Central Lancashire and institutional lead for the Hi-C team, stated.