A giant sunspot will ‘burst’ and trigger an explosion on Earth

A giant sunspot will 'burst' and trigger an explosion on Earth

A gigantic sunspot is expected to erupt and launch a solar flare directly on Earth (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Experts watch for sunspot that could trigger an explosion on Earth;

  • The sunspot on the solar surface doubled in size in 24 hours;

  • The explosion can cause radio and satellite communication problems.

Researchers from the site specializing in space weather – SpaceWeather – are monitoring an unstable point on the solar surface which faces the Earth directly. If it erupts, it can trigger solar flares in our direction.

A solar flare is not yet predicted, but it could be possible if the sunspot continues to grow and behave erratically.

“Yesterday, sunspot AR3038 was large. Today it is huge. The fast-growing sunspot doubled in size in just 24 hours. directly facing the Earth.

Sunspots are dark regions that appear on the Sun due to magnetism within the burning mass. They can last from a few hours to a few months and are considered “dead” when they begin to break down.

Not all sunspots produce solar flares, but when they do, they can impact the Earth. Indeed, not all explosions of this type necessarily strike our planet.

As mentioned by experts, an M-class explosion is considered medium strength and if it hits the Earth, it can cause brief radio blackouts around the poles of our planet and even satellite communication problems.

According to NASA, a solar flare is an intense burst of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots.

Solar flares can last as little as a few minutes or spit out streams of radiation for hours. The good news is that the Earth largely protects us from the harmful impact of solar flares thanks to its magnetic field. They do not threaten the health of humans on Earth, but they do sometimes pose a threat to the safety of astronauts.

One good thing about solar storms is that they can produce very beautiful displays of natural light, like the Northern Lights. Auroras are examples of the Earth’s magnetic field being bombarded by the solar wind, which creates beautiful green and blue screens.

#giant #sunspot #burst #trigger #explosion #Earth