This is the closest photo ever taken of the Sun

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/07/16/this-is-the-closest-photo-ever.html

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neat
really though this is pretty freaking awesome.

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I’d welcome someone who really knows this - but aren’t we essentially seeing what a million fusion bombs going off at once (and continually) looks like?

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I want to see Sol with a selfie stick.

“Yo, check out how hot I am!” in the Instagram feed.

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They should try and photograph it at night, could probably get much closer!

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The Sun’s surface is “only” about 11,000°K. The real “continuous explosion” is buried in the core (~20,000,000°K).

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It’s more like a trillion, although the energy from that blast is filtered through an ungodly amount of atmosphere first, so thick that it takes a few hundred thousand years to escape, and in that time it’s largely gamma-ray radiation spectrum is reconfigured into a thermal spectrum that peaks in the visible.

So, kinda?

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On the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning the interviewer (Martha Kearney) prefaced her question to the scientist by saying she was dared by one of the researchers to start by asking if they got so close by doing it at night.

Interview starts at just after 2 hours and 23 minutes in.

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Do you have any idea how ridiculous that sounds? At nighttime, the sun isn’t doing anything interesting, the pictures wouldn’t even turn out. Think, man!

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https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180430.html

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Anyone for a round of Ging Gang Goolie? Solar Orbiter probe snaps little ‘campfires’ flickering on Sun’s surface

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Look’s like a mite’s view of the underside of a worn yellow shag carpet.

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Uh, yeah, not so bright now are ya’, sun.

Damned sun!

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