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Watch a Giant Sunspot Whirl Across the Sun in Incredible NASA Video

Watch a Giant Sunspot Whirl Across the Sun in Incredible NASA Video

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.

Sunspots are areas of the solar surface with intense magnetic fields, and they're dark because they are relatively cooler than their surroundings (by about 2,000 Kelvin).

Cape Canaveral, July14:NASA has discovered a enormous 75,000 miles wide hole in the Sun, larger than the size of our planet Earth. NASA's Sun Dynamics Observatory satellite caught the first glimpse on July 5 and watched it grow until July 11.

Sunspots appear to be quite small but scientists warned that the patch of intensive electromagnetic activity caused by these spots is actually quite larger than Earth.

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Such a storm could create stunning auroras around the world, as well as play havoc with power grids, potentially causing blackouts in some areas.

Due to the drop in solar activity, the sun was speckle-free for two days before this swirling sunspot appeared.

"It could be the source for some solar flares, but it is too early to predict just what it will do". The word "sunspot" may suggest that the feature is diminutive, and the sun's massive size does dwarf the seemingly floating feature by comparison. I quickly checked Spaceweather.com to find out it was the huge AR2665'.


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