A video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has shown the massive development of the sunspot over the course of as little as 24 hours.
The sunspot named AR3038 just doubled in its original size between the evening and following morning, and now that it’s facing Earth, many are concerned that fast-moving solar winds could hit our planet.
Experts at Spaceweather.com explained:
“Yesterday, sunspot AR3038 was big.
“Today, it’s enormous. The fast-growing sunspot has doubled in size in only 24 hours.
“AR3038 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares, and it is directly facing Earth.”
M-class have been labelled as the second-strongest type of solar flares and while they do not pose an immediate threat to people, they can interfere with communication networks.
A great deal of attention from news and national media outlets has come as a result of the sunspots drastic change.
Sunspots are dark regions that develop over the magnetically active regions of the Sun’s surface that can emit huge waves of radiation and occasionally solar flares.
Solar flares are defined as enormous explosions that emanate from the Sun’s surface, releasing powerful electromagnetic radiation bursts that can destabilize the Earth if they come into contact with us.
Even if the Earth-facing sunspot hasn’t yet released a solar flare, our planet could yet be hit by an M-class flare.
The energy tangling, crossing, or rearranging of magnetic field lines close to sunspots results in solar flares, which are abrupt blasts of light and radiation. Solar flares have the potential to disrupt radio communications here on Earth if they are powerful enough.
The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to monitor the sunspot in case of solar flares heading towards Earth, but it has not yet issued any alert.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is also watching the sunspot closely just in case a solar flare shoots towards Earth, but so far has not issued any warnings.
Watch it here: Youtube/TRMG