Earlier this year, a telescope in Hawaii provided the highest-resolution image of the sun’s surface ever,media CNET reported. Now Gregor, Spain’s solar telescope, is joining the celebrations. Gregor’s team announced that it had obtained “the highest-resolution image of the sun ever taken by the European Telescope.” The Leibnitz Institute of Henphysics (KIS) released two new views of the sun on Tuesday.
One image shows a sunskin, similar to the toothed hole in the Shalak deep pit seen in Star Wars. The dark part of the suns sub marks a relatively cold region of the sun. Another image highlights the structure of the sun’s magnetic field, which looks like the surface of a snack of crisp rice.
“The telescope’s new optical technology will enable scientists to study magnetic fields, thy currents, turbulence, solar eruptions and suns sunss in great detail,” KIS said in a statement.
The team likened Gregor’s modified “eyes” ability to the ability to see the details of a needle on the football field from a kilometre away.
“It’s a very exciting, but also challenging, project,” said Lucia Kleint, project leader. “In just one year, we completely redesigned optics, mechanics and electronics to achieve the best image quality.”
The team published a paper Tuesday in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics on the transformation of telescopes.