A new sunspot, AR3068, has been spotted by scientists. Worryingly, this sunspot has tripled in size since yesterday, July 29. Will it spell disaster for Earth with a G5-class solar storm? To find.
After a week of very weak solar activity, the Sun seems to be resuming its action. Over the past seven days, six sunspots have appeared on the solar disk facing Earth. While normally this would have been cause for concern, these sunspots were reported to be relatively stable with calm magnetic fields. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States predicted there was no real chance of solar flares this week and it proved true when sunspots naturally decayed leaving a disk spotless solar. However, things are about to change. A new sunspot has appeared on the side of the Sun facing Earth and it appears very unstable. In just 24 hours since yesterday, sunspot AR3068 has tripled in size and now threatens Earth with the possibility of a huge solar storm.
This was first reported by SpaceWeather.com which noted on its website: “New sunspot AR3068 near the southeastern limb of the sun is still small, but growing rapidly, tripling in size since yesterday. It deserves to be watched as a possible source of activity in the near future.” SpaceWeather also shared an image of the sunspot which you can view here.
Solar storm alert after sunspot triples in size in 24 hours
A few weeks ago, when a similar sunspot doubled in size, a G3-class solar storm hit Earth, causing GPS disruptions, shortwave radio outages and affecting ship and ship communications systems. planes. The fast-moving solar winds from the eruption that unleashed on the Sun even created a temporary Co-Rotating Interaction Region (CIR) in Earth’s magnetosphere, opening a fissure and letting in more solar radiation than the Sun. normal and increasing the intensity of the solar storm.
While it’s too early to tell if a similar or even more intense solar storm could hit Earth, the risk is real and that’s why scientists are monitoring this particularly unstable sunspot. If it ends up causing a G5 solar storm like the Carrington event, it can not only damage satellites, affect the internet and mobile network, but it can also mess up electronic gadgets and cause power grid outages. Worse still, it can also cause forest fires due to its highly charged radiation.