See a spot bigger than Earth rotate across the sun

Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory first detected the huge spot last week, and it appears to have lingered through to this week

Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory first detected the huge spot last week, and it appears to have lingered through to this week

Cape Canaveral, July14:NASA has discovered a very big 75,000 miles wide hole in the Sun, larger than the size of our planet Earth.

Sunspots are abundant when solar activity is high, and these spots will not become plentiful again until at least 2020, NASA officials said in a video caption.

Getting into the technical details, sunspots are patches on the surface of the sun that appear darker than their surroundings due to the loss of surface tension caused by magnetic flux, an intense concentration of complex magnetic fields, respectively.

The video, which was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, is a sped-up timelapse of the sun from July 5th through July 11th.

A huge spot has appeared on the sun that could send risky solar flares down to Earth.

According to NASA, the spot seems to be growing at a fast pace.

The sunspots are common when the Sun is about to enter the solar minimum, a period when the sun has low solar activity that occurs after 11 year cycle. The sunspot filmed by SDO this week was the first seen in two days. The video was captured last week between about July 4 and July 11, as per NASA.

This image of a massive sunspot on the sun shows the full size of the feature as compared to the Earth (inset). For hundreds of years, researchers have continuously tried to understand the largest star in the solar system and this has been one of the greatest priorities for the space agency.

Latest News