Is this Lonavala chikki as Amitabh Bachchan said?
No, it’s not. As a matter of fact, it’s nowhere close to chikki or popcorn as you may think at the first look. It is the surface of the sun! Yes, and even superstar Amitabh Bachchan confused it with our very own Lonavala Chikki.
A new solar telescope in Hawaii has taken its first photo and movie of the sun. The shots are the highest resolution views of our star yet, showing details on the sun’s surface as small as about 18 miles in size.
Watch the movie here:
The Hot Star
The grainy pattern in the telescope’s “first light” image is the mark of plasma cells on the sun’s surface. Hot plasma from within the sun rises to the surface, cools and sinks back down in a process called convection, like bubbling water in a boiling pot.
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is located on the Haleakala volcano on the island of Maui. A primary mirror that’s 4 meters (about 13 feet) wide makes this the biggest solar telescope on Earth, and it will be able to resolve smaller details on the sun than ever before. With the telescope’s sophisticated instruments and high resolution, scientists hope to better understand remaining mysteries about our nearest star.
Being able to better understand and monitor magnetic fields on the sun could let researchers better predict when potentially dangerous solar storms will occur.