Technology! Isn’t it marvellous. Allows us to go further than we’ve ever gone before, venture into worlds we’d never dreamed of, take… pictures of the sun really, really close up.
Yes, for the first time ever, scientists have been able to capture photos of the giant ball of flaming gas that keeps us all alive, showing its surface in incredible detail.
The snaps were taken by the US National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which is located on a volcano in Hawaii.
Technically the telescope isn’t even finished yet but it’s set to be the most powerful solar instrument of its kind in the world.
Which is why it was able to capture pictures in December that show the sun’s surface in three times more detail than any previous images have been able to.
There's video too.
So what does the sun actually look like? Answer: uh, bitty.
Honestly, the big ol’ star’s surface resembles cells. Or maybe some honeycomb.
Social media users had their own comparisons to make, of course.
Some had their appetites sparked.
Others were reminded of their favourite computer games.
And some saw an opportunity to get rich.
Ok, so that’s what the sun looks like zoomed in. Next up, Uranus.