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This massive sunspot turning towards Earth can be bad news

 

This massive sunspot turning towards Earth can be bad news

Recently, scientists developed a new model that can successfully predict seven of the Sun’s biggest flares from the last solar cycle, out of a set of nine with the help of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

By: mubashir ahmed
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Solar flares are the result of changes in magnetic fields on the sunspots that cause a huge explosion (Source: NASA)

If you think the year 2020 is through with its share of bad news, there is a massive sunspot on the Sun that will be turning towards our planet which could result in major strong flares. According to a report by spaceweather.com, the sunspot AR2770, which was deducted earlier this week is expected to grow in size. Few minor space flares have been emitted by this particular sunspot already which has not caused anything major other than “minor waves of ionization to ripple through Earth’s upper atmosphere”.

However, if this sunspot which can be up to 50,000 kilometres in diameter may release a huge amount of energy which in turn will lead to solar flares. These eruptions may lead to solar flares and storms. This phenomenon is called Coronal Mass Ejections (CME). These flares can have a major effect on affect radio communications, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) connectivity, power grids, and satellites.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the CMEs can result in “fluctuations of electrical currents in space and energize electrons and protons trapped in Earth’s varying magnetic field”. Solar flares caused by these CMEs can also trigger intense light in the sky, called auroras.

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