The new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakalā, Maui is giving the world its most detailed pictures of the sun ever.
The imagery, released this week shows cell-like structures the size of Texas roiling on the Sun’s surface and the tiny footprints of magnetism that reach into space.
“It is literally the greatest leap in humanity’s ability to study the Sun from the ground since Galileo’s time. It’s a big deal,” said Professor Jeff Kuhn of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy, which helped develop the technology producing the pictures
DKIST is by far the world’s largest and most powerful solar telescope, and stands on the 10,000-foot summit of Maui’s majestic Haleakalā, which literally means “the house of the Sun.” Haleakalā’s favorable atmospheric conditions provide the best location for it, as proven by the National Solar Observatory and IfA during a world-wide site survey.
Once the Inouye Solar Telescope becomes fully operational in July 2020, UH community astronomers will be major users of the telescope while doing pioneering solar research.