Heat is on: ‘Monster’ sunspot could put Earth in the crosshairs of powerful solar storms

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2141488/Monster-sunspot-Earth-crosshairs-powerful-solar-storms.html

  • It could result in a gigantic coronal mass ejection, which would blast the Earth with radiation and possibly knock-out power lines and disrupt satellites

By Ted Thornhill

PUBLISHED: 15:48 EST, 8 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:04 EST, 8 May 2012

A mind-bogglingly big sunspot has appeared in the past few days, which could mean the Earth is about to be blasted by powerful solar storms.

Known as AR 1476, it was spotted by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, which launched in 2010.

Its diameter of 60,000 miles is many times that of the Earth, which measures just under 8,000 miles across.

The sunspot is so ginormous that it’s possible to view with home telescopes – though experts warn that these must be fitted with sun filters to prevent permanent eye damage.

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Sunspot AR 1476: It can be seen in the upper left of this picture - and could unleash gigantic solar flaresSunspot AR 1476: It can be seen in the upper left of this picture…

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