Al Jazeera:  Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire have unveiled the highest-ever resolution images of the sun from NASA’s solar sounding rocket mission. The newly released photographs show the sun’s outer layer is filled with previously unseen, incredibly fine magnetic threads, filled with extremely hot plasma.
 Until now, certain parts of the sun’s atmosphere appeared dark or mostly empty, but the new images revealed strands that are about 500 kilometres (260 miles) in width – roughly the distance between London and Belfast – with hot electrified gases flowing inside them. The ultra-sharp images were taken by NASA’s High-Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C), a unique astronomical telescope carried into space on a sub-orbital rocket flight. Read more