These are pictures of the Sun, from a special telescope in Hawaii designed specifically to do that.

“NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope is the world’s most powerful solar telescope that will forever change the way we explore and understand our sun,” said NSF Director, Sethuraman Panchanathan. “Its insights will transform how our nation, and the planet, predict and prepare for events like solar storms.”

It has been in operation for a year, but was in the works for over 25 years.

NSF’s flagship solar telescope, the largest in the world, to herald a new era of solar science

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope