The highest resolution photo of the sun reveals dark filaments projecting from the surface

The solar orbiter, as reported by the European Space Agency, was at a distance of about 7.5 crores of kilometers, somewhere halfway between Earth and the Sun, when it captured these images . (Credits: Twitter)

The pictures were taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) and the Spectra Imaging of the Coronal Environment (SPICE) instrument at the Lyman-beta wavelength of ultraviolet light emitted by hydrogen gas.

The European Space Agency has captured the highest resolution images of the Sun’s full disk and corona – the star’s outer atmosphere. The images captured by the space agency are by far the best photos of the Sun ever taken. The pictures were taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) and the Spectra Imaging of the Coronal Environment (SPICE) instrument at the Lyman-beta wavelength of ultraviolet light emitted by hydrogen gas. The photos are by far the clearest images of the star in our solar system. The solar orbiter, as reported by the European Space Agency, was at a distance of about 7.5 crores of kilometers, somewhere halfway between Earth and the Sun, when it captured these images . Those wonderful clicks are at least 10 times better than a 4K Ultra HD TV screen. Images contain approximately 83 million pixels in a 9148 x 9114 pixel grid.

While the EUI captured the main image, the SPICE instrument captured the different layers of the sun ranging from the uppermost corona to the layer closest to the sun’s surface known as the chromosphere. The images show different colors – purple, blue, green, yellow – depending on the temperature that each layer favors.

The European Space Agency shared the images on its Instagram account.

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The images captured also highlight dark filaments projecting from the Sun’s surface at the 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions on the edges of the sun. According to the researchers, these dark filaments are proof that huge amounts of coronal gas are thrown off by the sun. These prominences, when they erupt, create “space weather” storms.

The footage that surfaced was taken on March 7. On March 26, the Solar Orbiter took another step and entered Mercury’s orbit. The orbiter will take clearer, higher-resolution images, the European Space Agency reported.

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Jack C. Nugent