Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Violent Sunspot Group AR 1302 Unleashes a Flare
Posted on 09/27/2011 10:09:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: One of the most active sunspot groups in years is currently crossing the Sun. AR 1302 first came around the Sun's edge last week and is so large it can be seen without a telescope. Coronal Mass Ejections from AR 1302 have already caused strong geomagnetic storms including notable aurora activity around both of Earth's poles. Pictured above, plasma was left magnetically hanging above the Sun's surface after AR 1302 emitted an X-class solar flare last Thursday. Earth is illustrated in the inset for a size comparison. Although another X-class flare was emitted on Saturday, no flares from AR 1302 have been aimed directly at the Earth, as yet. The AR 1302 sunspot group will continue to evolve but likely remain visible on the Sun for the next week.
Instant Gallery: See recent pictures of sunspot group AR 1302.
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Huge Solar Zit-Popping Ping!
Wow! Amazing pic!!
Very neat how the Earth lined up perfectly in the background just in time for the shot! It almost looks like we could just fall into the hole! (yes.... that was a joke. lol)
Now we have to wipe the bathroom mirror off.
You can actually “feel” the fury!! Very cool picture, SunkenCiv!
Heh heh. I saw the picture before reading the caption and thought that if we were *that* close to the sun our planet would be a crispy critter in no time... :-)
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