NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a new sunspot, which is growing and turning towards Earth. It contains two dark cores larger than Earth. Will it cause a major solar storm?
Just yesterday, July 8, Earth was hit by an unexpected solar storm. While scientists were able to predict the possibility of a solar storm based on the stealth eruption that took place on July 3, however, it was stronger than expected and hit Earth with G2-class solar activity. . Just a day later, NASA has more bad news for us. The Solar Dynamics Observatory has spotted a gigantic sunspot growing and turning towards Earth. The sunspot has two dark cores larger than Earth. The dark core is the part of a sunspot that causes the magnetic fields to become unstable to cause spontaneous combustions called solar flares. With this new sunspot in sight of Earth, the risk of another major solar storm activity has now increased.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory first spotted the sunspot named AR3053 on July 5. After observing it for 48 hours, the US space agency was able to confirm that it contains two dark cores, which is quite rare for a sunspot. SpaceWeather.com reported this and said: “New sunspot AR3053 is growing and turning towards Earth. The sunspot no longer has just one but two dark cores larger than the Earth”.
Gigantic sunspot appears in view of Earth causing fear of solar storms
Although the size of a sunspot is not indicative of the intensity of a solar flare and the resulting solar storm, it does indicate that a stronger solar storm and more dangerous multiple solar storms could be possible. if the sunspot triggers early. Usually when a sunspot grows it is relatively stable, but with a sunspot of this size there is no telling if it will disappear or continue to grow for some time. The two dark cores also make this a tricky situation as there is a greater possibility of spontaneous combustions. While NASA, along with the European Space Agency (ESA) and other space agencies around the world observe this sunspot, it cannot be said whether Earth will be attacked by another solar storm.
However, if the sunspot throws a powerful solar storm of G4 intensity or higher towards Earth, it can lead to a major catastrophe. The solar storm will not only cause heavy damage to satellites and disrupt communication systems on Earth, but it will also render mobile networks, internet services and GPS systems dysfunctional. In severe cases, it can also disrupt electronic gadgets such as smartphones and laptops, as well as cause power grid outages.