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Granulation pattern on the Sun's surface. This is one of the first images taken by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which launched in February 2020. It was taken at a distance of only 77 million kilometres, the closest that images of the Sun have ever been taken. The granulation pattern is a result of the movement of hot plasma under the Sun's visible surface. The image covers an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometres centred on the middle of the Sun. Imaged by the Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) High Resolution Telescope on ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft, on 28th May 2020.
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