No, you aren't looking at an extreme close-up of a crème brûlée getting torched. That’s actually a sunspot on the Sun's surface, and it’s the most detailed sunspot photo ever captured. It’s just one of the latest images captured with the New Solar Telescope located at California's Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO).
Thanks to a next-generation visible imaging spectrometer, astronomers at BBSO and the New Jersey Institute of Technology were able to monitor the sun’s atmosphere—from the photosphere to the chromosphere—in real time. The result was these incredibly detailed photos. It's almost like taking a trip to the Sun, except, you know, without the whole getting-killed-instantly part.
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