Telescope reveals details of sun's turbulent surface

A telescope in Hawaii is revealing the turbulent gas surface of the sun in what scientists called unprecedented detail

They show the surface covered with bright cell-like areas, each about the size of Texas, that result from the transporting of heat from the sun's interior. The telescope can reveal features as small as 18 miles (30 km) across, according to the National Science Foundation, which released the images Wednesday.

Further observations will help scientists understand and predict solar activity that can disrupt satellite communications and affect power grids, the foundation said. The telescope is on the island of Maui.