This Is What The Surface Of The Sun Looks Like

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If you skipped breakfast this morning, look away. This photo of the Sun's surface will make you hungry with its piping hot plasma columns and oozing lanes of cooling plasma. And those white dots? Areas of concentrated magnetic fields. Delicious.

Of course, if you tried to take a bite of this picture, you'd be in for a mouthful - that tiny white line at the bottom represents 5000 kilometers. Also, your face would disintegrate, but hey, you knew the risks. If you played by society's rules, you wouldn't have tried to eat the Sun in the first place.

This image was taken during September 2007 using the Swedish Solar Telescope on the astronomical island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.


["Magnetic bright points in the quiet Sun" via Astronomy Picture of the Day]