It’s a giant sunspot the size of our planet.

(ORDO NEWS) — A new telescope taking on the task of observing the Sun has provided new images of solar activity .

The Daniel K. Inoue Solar Telescope of the US National Science Foundation first began scientific work on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

It is the largest solar telescope in the world, and its high-resolution observations of the solar corona, scientists hope, will greatly advance our study of our star.

The Inouye telescope can image objects as small as 20 kilometers.

From its vantage point near the summit of Haleakala, Maui, after extensive testing and calibration, the instrument ushered in a new era in solar science.

Its a giant sunspot the size of our planet

The newly posted images are not the first we’ve seen from Inouye. They arrived just over two years ago and they are truly breathtaking. However, the telescope now allows a close-up view of one of the most exciting things on the Sun: sunspots.

“Making the first scientific observations with the Inouye Solar Telescope marks an exciting moment for the solar research community,” said astronomer Thomas Rimmele, Director of the Inouye Solar Telescope.

“This moment we have all been looking forward to is a historic welcome to a new era of solar observations. I would like to thank the researchers and everyone involved with the Inouye Solar Telescope for this monumental milestone.”

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