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A sunspot nearly three times the size of Earth discovered on the Sun

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A sunspot nearly three times the size of Earth discovered on the Sun

Washington, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Observations of the evolution of a sunspot recently revealed its growth to almost triple the size of the Earth, which could expel flares in the near future, the website Space.com published on Thursday.

According to the report, the phenomenon scientifically named AR3038 was already considerably large at the beginning of the week and within 24 hours it became huge.

The fast-growing sunspot has doubled in size in just one day, the website notes, and the magnetic field surrounding it has the potential to launch medium-class solar flares toward our planet.

It also details that, if it launches a coronal mass ejection of charged particles that face our planet, these particles could possibly interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and create colored lights in our atmosphere, known as auroras.

Other observations, such as that of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), report that the Sun has been particularly active this spring, sending out many medium-class and X-class (the strongest) flares as activity increases in the regular 11-year sunspot cycle.

Experts clarify that such phenomena on the sun are harmless and perhaps produce brief radio blackouts along with the colorful auroras; however, on rare occasions, they disrupt essential infrastructure such as satellites or power lines.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission flies very close to the Sun periodically to learn more about the origins of sunspots and better understand the space weather it creates.

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