Our ongoing quest to understand our star, the Sun, just got a huge boost with the world's largest solar telescope located in Hawaii, the Inouye Solar Telescope. This 4-meter telescope is designed to observe the Sun better than we have ever been able to do. And as we say in astronomy the proof is in the images.
I have been observing the Sun with my own telescopes (with safe solar filters) for decades and there have been other solar observatories. But this solar telescope is simply astounding in the detail it can see on our star. Here is a sample of the first images taken by the telescope.
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The telescope still needs another six months of testing before it can become fully operational. Images will be taken daily when the sky is clear and will be analyzed to see what they reveal.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Inouye Solar Telescope is going to revolutionize our ability to image and learn about the Sun.
I look forward to seeing the results.
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