Observing The Sun Through History

For much of history, humans have studied the sky and the Sun. Ancient people builtstructures like Stonehenge to observe the Sunís passage through the seasons.The advent of the telescope in the 1600s allowed astronomers such as ChristofScheiner and Galileo Galilei to observe and sketch sunspots.

Solar flares were discovered in 1859 when Richard Carrington focused his telescope on the Sun and saw a bright flash on the projected image. Further study required escaping Earthís atmosphere, which distorts and limits our view of the Sun and other celestial objects.
By launching telescopes and instruments into space, scientists can see the Sun in a whole new light.

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