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You can put on your solar viewing glasses again, this time to observe the sun where you will view two big dark areas detectable on our star. These enormous sunspots are sections of severe and intricate magnetic fields that can generate solar flares, eruption of high energy radiation.  A solar telescope is a safer bet to view these sunspots.

These two new sunspots have created frenzy amongst people and are causing a bit of perturbation and interest. The solar storms that they have discharged to the Earth may have an adverse effect on communications and other technologies like GPS and radio signals. They are causing astounding exhibits of the Northern and Southern Lights. Space weather scientists are as excited as the common man as this activity could not be expected from the Sun at this moment.

The Sun undergoes 11-year cycles of solar activity. Solar maximum is that period when the Sun is exuding most energy. Therefore this is the time when most sunspots are seen along with solar flares and associated solar storms. Some solar maxima are more colossal or more active than others such as 1990 – 1991 solar maximum. However, this last cycle which culminated in 2014 was completely small and there were a few enormous geomagnetic storms.

We are charging into the bed of solar minimum when there are fewer sunspots on the Sun, solar flares or coronal mass ejections, large removal of plasma, electrons and ions, and magnetic fields. Even though we are on the Sun’s cycle, its activity can be perilously picked up over the past few days. These two sunspots have been blazing and shooting out coronal mass ejections pointed towards Earth.

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