Most detailed images of the Sun ever taken show patterns of turbulent plasma

The most detailed images of the Sun ever taken have been revealed unveiling patterns of turbulent plasma.

In the moving images, turbulent plasma with Texas-sized cells form as heat is transported to the star's surface.

The first-of-their-kind images were taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii.

They're expected to usher in a new age of solar science.

Details of the Sun's surface and an insight into how space weather is formed will be revealed to astronomers using the state-of-the-art instrument.

This solar activity can have significant impact on technology on Earth and has the potential to bring down power grids, disrupt satellite communications and impact air travel.

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The stunning first images from the Inouye Solar Telescope reveal moving patterns in the roiling plasma that makes up the Sun's surface.

As the cells move they appear to give a molten lava appearance of fluidity.

The giant star is covered in numerous cell-like structure, measuring the size of the US state of Texas.

They are created as the product of the violent convection motions that transport heat from deep within the Sun's interior core.

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Hot plasma rises up in the bright centre of the cell before cooling off and sinking back into the star to form dark lanes that can be seen in Inouye's images.

Instruments like the Inouye telescope and sun-observing satellite could help scientists with more advanced warnings which could help us to protect our solar systems.

Foundation director France Córdova said: "Since the National Science Foundation began work on this ground-based telescope, we have eagerly awaited the first images."

He added that the Inouye Solar Telescope "will be able to map the magnetic fields within the sun's corona, where solar eruptions occur that can impact life on Earth."

"This telescope will improve our understanding of what drives space weather and ultimately help forecasters better predict solar storms."

These events are caused when the Sun's magnetic fields get twisted and tangled by motions in the star's plasma.

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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy president Matt Mountain said: "On Earth, we can predict if it is going to rain pretty much anywhere in the world very accurately, but space weather just isn't there yet."

"Our predictions lag behind terrestrial weather by 50 years, if not more"'

"What we need is to grasp the underlying physics behind space weather, and this starts at the sun, which is what the Inouye Solar Telescope will study."

The telescope's capacity to resolve the Sun's features in unprecedented detail will allow scientists to better understand the origin of harmful solar activity, and will help us to develop better protections against solar storms.

It also expected that astronomers will be able to use the information to increase the warning time for space weather events increasing it from around 48 minutes to 48 hours.

This will allow more time to secure power grids, critical infrastructure and satellites.

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