A new sunspot has developed on the surface of the Sun. Designated AR953, this sunspot is approximately three times the size of our little planet.
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This sunspot is teeming with activity and observers with solar telescopes have witnessed "Ellerman Bombs" going off on the surface. These bombs are explosions about one-millionth as powerful as a true solar flare and appear as white specs around the visible sunspot.
Sunspot AR953 is growing ever more complex and now harbours energy for X-class solar flares. X-class flares are the largest in the solar flare categorization. These flares are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms, but don't worry - they pose no threat to us here on Earth!
You can see more of my pictures of the Sun in my Solar Observation Gallery.
Last updated on: Tuesday 16th January 2018