In just 24 hours, the massive double sunspot is now orbiting the Earth — that is, it could send sunlight in our path.
Sunspots are dark areas on the Sun’s surface associated with massive radiation. They appear darker because they are more relaxed than other parts of the Sun.
Solar dots are relatively calm because they form in areas where the Sun’s magnetic field is so strong that it prevents heat from reaching the Sun’s surface.
These tangled magnetic fields can sometimes be rescheduled. When that happens, explosions of light and rays emanate from the Sun’s rays.
The ever-growing sunspot recently became known as AR3038. Photos from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sunday show how the sunspot appeared to swirl and turn in a day or so.
“Yesterday, the sunspot AR3038 was huge. Today, it is huge,” reads the SpaceWeather.com website. “The fast-growing sunspot doubled in size in just 24 hours.”
The magnetic field associated with sunspot means that we may be able to send an M-class flare to Earth — the second most powerful type. However, it is unknown then what he will do after leaving the post.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has not issued any solar warnings since Monday morning.