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There's a New Sunspot Larger Than Earth

There's a New Sunspot Larger Than Earth

The sunspot, named AR2665, is 74,560 miles (120,000 kilometres) wide and big enough to be seen from Earth.

Sunspots are particularly active areas on the sun's surface that have "intense and complex magnetic fields", according to NASA.

These can occasionally cause problems with some specialist radio equipment on Earth, and cause aurora (northern lights).

This sunspot appeared after two days of a spot-free solar surface.

NASA claims a huge spot has appeared on the sun that could send risky solar flares towards Earth.

Sunspots are abundant when solar activity is high, and these spots will not become plentiful again until at least 2020, NASA officials said in a video caption.

The SDO captured the imagery used in the video between July 5 and 11. But the mesmerizing footage, captured by the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory, seems to go on much longer, drawing viewers in with the majestic view and sustained motion of the sun.

Our closest star is heading toward solar minimum (a low point for activity during its normal 11-year cycle), but that didn't stop the sun from showing off a spectacular sunspot.

While the sunspot could be a threat to Earth, it also provides a chance for keen photographers to capture rare images of the sun.

Sunspots, which are a temporary occurrence of the dark spots on the sun, have been there in the past and more has been documented on them.

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