SUN Earth Solar flares

Solar flares feared as a Sunspot grows thrice the size of Earth; Blackouts and GPS disruptions likely

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This week has been filled with dangerous new developments on the Sun. On Monday, as many as eight new sunspots emerged on the Earth-facing solar disk (the side of the Sun visible from Earth).

While a majority of these sunspots were deemed to be capable of small solar flare eruptions that would go unnoticed on the Earth, one particular sunspot became the source of concern.

The sunspot, AR3038 (where AR stands for Active Region), came into the Earth’s view on Saturday and since then it has been growing in size.

Within the first 24 hours, it doubled in size and now, it has grown as large as three Earths put together. And scarily, it still continues to grow.

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