An unprecedented solar phenomenon has shocked the scientific community: a massive coronal hole, wider than 60, emitting a strong solar wind towards our solar system.
Discovered near the solar equator on December 2, this hole reached a record expansion of 800,000 km in just 24 hours.
Unlike typical coronal holes, which are usually seen during the solar minimum near the solar poles, this enigma occurs near the equator of the period before the solar maximum. This finding challenges expectations and raises questions about the current understanding of these phenomena.
Although it is not yet known how long this hole will continue, similar events continue beyond one rotation of the sun, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This discovery, leading to the solar maximum expected in 2024, opens new perspectives on the nature of crown cavities and their impact on our planet. We will remain attentive to scientific updates that may shed light on this fascinating cosmic mystery.
One important thing to remember is that coronal holes are very common things that happen on the Sun, and the size of the new update itself is scary, but it is a result of ultraviolet observation.
This area of the hole is made up of less dense plasma in the Sun’s atmosphere, therefore black color appears when exposed to brighter areas.