You may have read or even seen a lot of documentaries about the Sun. It’s a dwarf star, rather a hot ball of glowing gases that sits smack in the middle of our solar system. A constant nuclear fission reaction is what gives it the heat and the color.
But have you ever seen a close-up shot of the Sun? No, not the images showing a big burning ball. Something like this –
What you see above is a never-seen-before image of the Sun. It was captured by the world’s largest telescope called the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) located in Hawaii. It also captured a video that is quite mesmerizing to look at.
DKIST, for those of you who don’t know, is the largest observatory devoted to solar research on Earth. In addition to the image that you see above, the DKIST can take expansive wide shots that can fit up to 23,000 miles of the Sun into the frame. The observatory will also be conducting other studies on the Sun, but we’ll have to wait for more of those findings.
Each of the cell-like structures that you see in both the image and the video represents a huge surface area. Just to put things into perspective, each one of those structures represent an area that’s the size of Texas, i.e it’s twice as big as the state of Maharashtra in size. Now just imagine how big the entire sun really is!
That’s not where the connection with Maharashtra ends though. That surface of the sun which you see above just looks like peanut chikki of Lonavala, doesn’t it? No, it’s not just us who think that way. A lot of others agree too.