Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A sunspot twice the size of Earth is facing our home planet

Celestial events are always interesting to watch and recently we are witnessing a huge sunspot that has become twice the size of Earth. The sunspot has reportedly doubled its diameter in 24 hours, and it is pointed at our planet itself. According to SpaceWeather.com writer Tony Phillips, the magnetic field around sunspot AR3038 has the potential to blast M-class solar flares toward our planet.

Sunspots are described as dark spots on the Sun’s surface where powerful magnetic fields are created by the flow of electric charges from the Sun’s plasma. However, these magnetic fields also break suddenly. Soon after the snap, sunspots release energy launching bursts of radiation called solar flares. Solar flares generate explosive jets of solar material called coronal mass ejections (CMEs).

To give you an idea of ​​how important this stellar event can be, we must understand how solar flares affect us. When solar flares strike our planet’s upper atmosphere, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation from them ionize atoms. This makes it impossible for high-frequency radio waves to bounce off them and create so-called radio blackouts. So we may see an upcoming radio blackout.

According to Live Science, radio blackouts occur in areas on Earth that are illuminated by the Sun while a flare is underway. The report states that such blackouts are systematically classified from R1 to R5 in increasing order of severity. It is not just radio blackouts that can result from the upcoming CME. There are some harmless or even spectacular events that can result from this solar flare. As Space.com reports, we can also see colorful aurorae.

However, SPACE.com reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center, which is responsible for monitoring solar flares and other outbreaks, did not issue any current aurora alerts for Earth. Is. On rare occasions, CMEs can disturb essential infrastructure such as satellites or power lines, reports SPACE.com.

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