The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) has revealed the first highly detailed images of the Sun's chromosphere. A region of 82,500 km across is shown at a resolution of 18 km.
The images of the Sun have been published in honor of the telescope's inauguration ceremony. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is located in Hawaii and is the most powerful solar telescope in the world.
The chromosphere is the area of the Sun’s atmosphere just above the surface. The chromosphere is normally invisible and can only be seen during a total solar eclipse, when it appears as a red rim around the darkened star.
Thanks to new images of the Sun and the accompanying data that scientists obtained, it will be possible to predict solar flares and powerful plasma emissions.