Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

NASA's SDO Captures Striking Sunspot Larger Than Earth

NASA's SDO Captures Striking Sunspot Larger Than Earth

It is 74,560 miles wide and can actually be seen from Earth (if you've got a powerful enough telescope and a very good solar filter, so don't try looking for it with your binoculars).

The space agency has labelled it as AR2665 and warned that it is large enough to produce solar flames, which are capable of disrupting Global Positioning System and communication signals.

It shows a blemish on the otherwise bright surface of our star, which is a fairly common sight, though NASA notes that these types of spots are less likely to occur as the sun nears the solar minimum, which is a "period of low solar activity". It could also affect power grids leading to electricity shortages in some areas.

Cape Canaveral, July14:NASA has discovered a huge 75,000 miles wide hole in the Sun, larger than the size of our planet Earth.

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Named AR2665, experts at Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory are monitoring the sunspot, unable to predict how it will develop at such an early stage.

"A new sunspot group has rotated into view and seems to be growing rather quickly (July 5-7, 2017)". The sunspot was visible the first time after the sun appeared spotless for the last two days.

According to IflScience, sunspots are dark regions which are cooler than the surrounding areas and are known to produce solar flares including releasing a deadly ray of radiation headed towards our planet.

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