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Big Sun Spot! - PCstats.com Big Sun Spot!
Tue, July 27 2004 | 11:30AM | PermaLink Feedback?
This is neat, it looks like there's a huge Sun spot (20x the size of the Earth) that's pointed directly at our planet...

At 20 times the size of Earth, the largest sunspot observed since the fall solar storm onslaught is now pointed directly at Earth. Its unusually large size also means that it's now visible with the naked eye (although you should never look at the Sun without a proper filter). The implications of this spot have scientists on the edge of their seats - if the active region generates coronal mass ejections (CMEs), massive explosions with a potential force of a billion megaton bombs, it will be a fairly direct hit to Earth and its satellites and power grids.

Make sure you check out the neat video!

ARCHIVED NEWS FROM @ NASA
Original URL, circa 2004: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/0723sunspots.html


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