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Amazing: Most Detailed Picture Of Sunspot Ever

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posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 07:53 AM
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This is really an incredible picture, and I'm drooling just by thinking of lots more pictures like this will emerge from this observatory. Enjoy!



Researchers at Big Bear Solar Observatory have tuned their adaptive optics array and achieved first light, capturing this image of a sunspot that is now the most detailed ever captured in visible light. The image was captured with Big Bear’s New Solar Telescope (NST), a brand new instrument (as the name implies) with a resolution of just 50 miles on the sun’s surface.

The NST is the precursor to an even-larger telescope, the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), which will be constructed over the next decade, allowing Big Bear researchers to build a new kind of adaptive optics system known as multi-conjugate adaptive optics, that should provide them with a clear, distortion-free means of observing the sun from Earth in unrivaled detail.

In the meantime, NST will collect incredibly detailed images of solar phenomena like this that should help researchers understand the complexities of solar weather and its impact on the space climate in our neighborhood of the solar system.


Source: Big Bear Solar Observatory Snaps the Most Detailed Pic of a Sunspot Ever



[edit on 25/8/10 by Droogie]




posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:03 AM
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....Hey....isn't that just a close up of George Hamilton's left nipple?


Really though, awesome picture. Hope lots more come!



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:07 AM
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Ewww...Looks like a...Well, you know what it looks like



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:14 AM
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Might also look like a lidless eye, constantly observing earth from a vast distance.

Keep in mind that this picture was captured in visible light, so I guess this is what the sun would look like if you caught a glimpse of it from not too far away. Maybe someone knowledgable can explain how taking the pictures works, and how the processing is like.

[edit on 25/8/10 by Droogie]



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:27 AM
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Originally posted by ATLien
Ewww...Looks like a...Well, you know what it looks like
An orange peel with a bullet hole in it?
that's my thought, but I can probably guess what you were thinking.

Nice detail but I was expecting something a little better than 50 miles, I guess we'll have to wait 10 years for the next telescope to see that.



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:29 AM
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It looks like an eye.



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:54 AM
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Reminds me of the eye in Lord of the Rings.

Really cool looking picture. Thanks!



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:54 AM
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If you like that, then check out these images:

www.boston.com...



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:59 AM
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Those pics are insane! I just posted that link to my FB lol.

I could stare at the rotating one for hours.



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 09:01 AM
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For some reason I think of a sunflower when I see this



posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 09:13 AM
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Aggie Man

The older I have got, the more interested in the Sun I've become.

Looking at those pictures you linked too are incredible i think...!


I get a definite warm feeling from them (Not because the Sun is a mass of heat etc etc), it kind of provides comfort !?

Thank-you for those pics

Regards

PurpleDOG UK



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 04:17 PM
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Thanks for sharing those! I saw there was already a thread on those when making this one. Those are some astonishing pictures indeed



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 04:54 PM
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its the all-seeing eye.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 04:59 PM
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Originally posted by GoodFella
It looks like an eye.


The Eye of Ra



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 05:04 PM
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Great link Aggie Man ,But somewhat disturbing comments left on that page



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 05:45 PM
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wow, that picture is the cat's a$$!













oh wait, no, its the sun



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 06:06 PM
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Way cool pictures thanks!!

Nature never disappoints when it comes to beauty.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 06:31 PM
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Really cool find! that picture is eerie and beautiful at the same time.

But definitely some very weird comments on that Boston.com link posted earlier. Like...really weird.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 06:38 PM
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its a yellow va-jay-jay!
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posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 03:52 AM
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Well, the picture certainly ignites some interesting and different associations among the ATS members posting in this thread.

And, now that I've read the comments to the pictures of the other link, they are pretty strange indeed.



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