On this week’s news update– Detailed images of the Sun– An incredible record
of rain forest life– And a new hotel–
in space! First up– Can you guess what this is? It’s the most detailed image ever
created of the surface of the Sun! It was captured by the new
Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope, which is based
on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The telescope also recorded
this sped-up video showing plasma moving
on the Sun’s surface. Plasma forms when a gas is heated
to an extremely high temperature, and it’s what the Sun
and other stars are mostly made of! The bright areas
show plasma rising, and the darker areas show
plasma cooling and sinking. Each of these shapes is about
as big as the state of Texas! These detailed images will help
scientists learn more about how the Sun behaves,
and how it affects life here on Earth. Next up– This snake
is actually a caterpillar. It’s just one of the incredible
animals recorded by scientist and photographer Andreas Kay
in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador, in South America. Andreas passed away in October 2019,
leaving behind thousands of photos and videos,
which are now available online. Some of the highlights
include this caterpillar, which is camouflaged as a feather,
this shiny leaf beetle, this jewel caterpillar,
and this dusky lady beetle larva! The Amazon is one of the
most biodiverse places on Earth, meaning it’s home to a huge number
of different plants and animals. But it’s threatened by deforestation,
wildfires, and climate change. Andreas’ photos and videos
are a valuable record of the amazing organisms
that rely on the Amazon rain forest for their survival. And finally– NASA has announced that a company
called Axiom will build a hotel on board the International
Space Station, or ISS! This animation shows how
the hotel will be attached to the ISS. It will launch in 2024,
and tourists will be able to spend ten days in orbit– if they can afford the price
of 55 million dollars! The hotel will include
luxurious living spaces, as well as a research area,
and an observatory with large windows, so visitors can gaze at Earth
or at the stars. And if they get bored of doing that? Don’t worry–
there will be wifi! That’s all for this week. We’ll see you next time.