What comes to mind when you think about the sun?
Big? Yellow? Bright? Blinding? Popcorn?
That last one isn’t a joke - scientists released newly acquired images of the sun that may change the way you view the sun. Check it out:
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope released the highest resolution pictures of the sun ever taken...and it kinda looks like corn, doesn’t it? The pictures were taken as a part of the first test of the telescope, called “first light.” The Inouye Telescope was built in Hawaii on top of the “Haleakalā” volcano, and it just so happens that “Haleakalā” means “house of the sun” in Hawaiian. It’s like it was meant to be.
The sun is the closest star to earth, and earth is just far enough away that we aren’t burned and boiled away...while at the same time, just close enough that human life can still be sustained. Dennis Overbye so eloquently words the power and majesty of the star in the New York Times:
This is just my personal take...but I don’t think we can truly comprehend the power of the sun with the human. Call me crazy, go ahead.
Sky viewers this month get a nice show in the evenings and an appearance by one bright planet in the evenings. Venus is the lone bright spot in the evening sky looking westward. After the sun sets, that bright thing you see is Venus. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all hang out by the moon in mid-February. Just look southeast before the sun comes up!
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