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Taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Maui, it gives us an unprecedented view of our nearest star and brings us closer to solving several long-standing mysteries.The new image demonstrates the telescope’s potential power. […] You can see plasma oozing off the surface, rising high into the solar atmosphere before sinking back into darker lanes.“We have now seen the smallest details on the largest object in our solar system,” says Thomas Rimmele, the director of DKIST. The new image was taken December 10, when the telescope achieved first light. It is still technically under construction, with three more instruments set to come online.Sign up for The Airlock — your gateway to the future of space technologyWhen formal observations begin in July, DKIST, with its 13-foot mirror, will be the most powerful solar telescope in the world. […] This resolution is over five times better than that of DKIST’s predecessor, the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope in New Mexico.DKIST was specifically designed to make precise measurements of the sun’s magnetic field throughout the corona (the outermost region of its atmosphere) and answer questions like why the corona is millions of degrees hotter than the sun’s surface.Each of the “cells” on the surface of the sun are roughly the size of Texas. The resolution of DKIST is about 18.5 miles.NSO/AURA/NSFOther instruments coming online in the next six months will also collect data pertaining to temperature, velocity, and solar structures. […] Haleakalā is important to the culture of Native Hawaiians, who protested its construction of DKIST in the summer of 2015.