Giant sunspot facing Earth, watch out for explosions

Giant Sunspot Facing Earth, Watch Out For Explosions

WMOTION.CO.ID – Experts report that a giant sunspot three times the size of Earth is facing the planet and is likely to send out medium-sized bursts in the near future.

“Fast-growing sunspots have doubled in just 24 hours,” says Tony Phillips, author of SpaceWeather.comWednesday (22/06/2022).

Phillips noted that the surrounding magnetic field has the potential to blast an M-class solar flare toward Earth.

If sunspots detonate coronal mass ejections (CMEs), i.e. charged particles facing Earth, it is possible that these particles interact with Earth’s magnetic field and create colorful glows in the atmosphere known as auroras.

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However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center, which monitors solar flares and other explosions, has yet to issue an aurora alert.

The sun is particularly active this spring, sending numerous M and X class (strongest class) eruptions as activity increases in a regular 11-year sunspot cycle.

Sunspot June 2022. [Spacewheather]

reported from space.comThursday (23/6/2022) CME is generally harmless and may only cause a brief radio blackout along with the appearance of aurora.

However, on rare occasions CMEs can also disrupt critical infrastructure such as satellites or power lines.

Therefore, NASA and NOAA regularly monitor the Sun 24 hours a day.

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In addition, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission also periodically flies very close to the Sun, to learn more about the origin of sunspots and better understand the space weather generated by the Sun.

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