Massive hole ‘appears’ on the sun – and it could cause some major problems on Earth

By Kim Abrahams
13 July 2017

The hole is so huge it can be spotted from Earth.

A massive hole – larger than the size of Earth – has been spotted on the sun.

The hole, which is more than 120 700 km wide, was spotted by NASA last week and is so huge it can be spotted from Earth.

NASA shared a video of the sunspot on their Twitter page on Thursday, showing its size in relation to Earth.  

The sunspot was sighted between 5 and 11 July but is still visible today – and scientists have warned of its dangers.

The appearance of such holes can result in radiation storms and even blackouts in certain parts of the world.

“A new sunspot group has rotated into view and seems to be growing rather quickly,” said the American space agency.

“It could be the source for some solar flares, but it is too early to predict just what it will do.”

Sunspots are caused by fluctuations in the sun’s magnetic field and are normally areas on the sun that experience a drop in temperature.

The biggest threat such spots pose is jamming the signal between satellite communication towers. It could also cause chaos with power grids, which could result in blackouts in certain areas.


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