You may want to put on some sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat before gazing at this photo. Behold the awesomeness that is the clearest and most detailed photo of a sunspot ever taken. We feel warmer just looking at it. Did anyone remember to bring marshmallows and sticks?
"The unprecedented view was recently released by scientists at Big Bear Solar Observatory in the mountains of East L.A. Imaged by the New Solar Telescope (aka the "NST"), the photograph is among the first to be captured by the NST’s newly equipped Visible Imaging Spectrometer (VIS). It is the new record-holder for most detailed sunspot ever obtained in visible light (the outgoing champion was also photographed by the NST back in 2010). The 1.6-meter telescope, despite its name, has been making observations for close to five years now.”
Image via the Big Bear Solar Observatory
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