Expect More Spectacular Solar Flares Like This From The Sun This Year

Sun, sunspot, solar flare, February 24, February 19, Solar Cycle 24,

NASA and the European Space Agency say that solar flares like the one in the video which happened just this February 24 will be frequent throughout the year as our very own star is in the middle of its 11-year solar weather cycle. It’s quite beautiful and mesmerizing, isn’t it? However, remember that these are ejections of plasma from the hot Sun. The space agencies say that once the Sun reaches its weather cycle called Solar Cycle 24 which will come later this year, it will be the peak of events like the sunspot featured in the photo above. On February 19 to 20, these two massive sunspots appeared. Massive, we say because the two are actually six diameters of the Earth across which should also give you a perspective of how gigantic the Sun is.



Image from NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center

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