Some of the world’s leading scientists are keeping a close eye on a major development that has occurred in space. A huge spot has appeared on the sun and it could send dangerous solar flares towards Earth. The sunspot, dubbed AR2665, is 74,560 miles wide. That’s 19 times bigger than the earth. It is big enough to be seen from Earth. Experts have warned that the spot is large enough to produce “M-class” solar flares, which can cause radio blackouts on Earth, knock out communications satellites & power grids and create radiation storms. It is also likely to produce beautiful auroras when the radioactive particles smash into Earth’s atmosphere.
Sunspots are dark regions which are cooler than the surrounding areas and are known to produce solar flares. A solar flare is an intense burst of radiation coming from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots.
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