Dangerous M-Class Solar Flares Erupting from New Sunspot Observed by NASA
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has reported the observation of a new Sunspot, AR3242. This Sunspot is hurling out dangerous M-Class Solar Flares, causing Earth to be in for a rough ride until Solar Cycle 29. AR3242 is slowly turning and facing Earth, making it particularly dangerous. Just days after the volatile solar activity caused radio blackouts over North and South America due to an unstable Sunspot, this poses a real threat to Earth. David Leong in Singapore observed the new Sunspot and reported the unusual dark filaments that kept changing shape minute by minute on his computer screen. However, most solar activity erupting from the Sun is shielded by the Earth’s magnetic field. But scientists have observed a crack in that field, which could allow dangerous solar winds to pass through. This crack’s cause is likely due to a vernal equinox effect called the Russell-McPherron effect, which is less than two weeks away. During the Vernal Equinox, the Sun is directly above the equator, causing the day and night to be of the same duration. As a side effect, there is semiannual variation in the effective southward component of the interplanetary field. Cracks form in the Earth’s magnetic field, which could allow even weak solar winds to seep through.
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