How is the surface of the Sun?

It is the Sun is one of the reasons for the existence of life on our planet. Many people have come to ask what the surface of this star will look like and finally the answer to this question has been found.

Our solar system has been studied by scientists throughout the centuries. The human being has gone beyond the Earth thanks to the development of technologies, such as the use of rockets and telescopes. Due to these advances, the surface of the Sun has been discovered.

A unique telescope for the Sun
This project has been carried out with the Daniel K. Inouye telescope of the National Science Foundation, (Hawaii, United States). A device four meters in size and dedicated solely to the study of our star.

This finding represents a breakthrough in the world of solar science. In fact, it has managed to perceive images of the surface of the Sun as we had never seen.

These images show convection granules generated by the heat it gives off. The size of these granules can be compared with the size of countries like Spain and even larger.

This structure can be compared with cells as they perform constant movements to transport heat to the surface.

A complicated and incomplete work at the moment
Having a telescope that is continuously monitoring the Sun is not an easy task.

To start, you have to keep in mind that this device is not yet completely finished, it takes about 20 years of construction. Even so, it has managed to capture the image with better resolution of the Sun’s surface so far.

Why does it take so long to build? It seems a paradox, but heat is one of the main causes of the delay.

The telescope’s main mirror supports an energy of 13 kilowatts, which causes a large amount of heat to be generated. For that, the device has a cooling system that prevents components from being damaged by high temperatures.

It is planned to be completed in summer 2020. Once its construction is finished, the telescope will be able to investigate the magnetic field of the Sun and even study the weather on the other planets of the solar system.

With this new tool the world of astronomy takes a step forward in cutting-edge technology and will be a before and after in the scientific field since Galileo Galilei looked at the sky to observe the celestial bodies.

Would you like to know more about the secrets that our solar system awaits? In Movistar + we have a catalog of documentaries related to astronomy such as Discovering exoplanets and Destino la Luna.

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