An observatory in Hawaii says it has snapped the highest resolution images ever taken of our sun, capable of seeing details as small as 18 miles across. The when the photos are played in succession the result is a hypnotizing loop plasma bubbles, each the size of Texas. Each bubble rises to the surface, cools, and then collapses back into darker areas in a process called convection.
The images were taken by the recently-completed Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on the island of Maui. It sits about 10,000 feet above sea level, and is owned by the National Science Foundation. Markers for magnetic fields are also visible with the new clarity, according to Colorado's National Solar Observatory, which partnered in the release of the images.