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First Light for DKIST

It is a GREAT time to be studying our nearest star, the Sun! NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is almost 10 years old, the Parker Solar Probe is currently inside Mercury’s orbit working to directly study the solar wind, and now the incredible Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) has achieved its “first light”.

The first data from DKIST is seriously amazing. It’s about 10 minutes of images, put into one incredible video that shows enormous, Texas-sized boils of gas rolling and convecting. There’s also tiny features, little magnetically-generated hot spots that dance around between the big convective granules… it’s really quite mesmerizing!

Take 2 minutes and check out my overview of DKIST!

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