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Dangerous sunspot AR3089 ready to blow up, threatens to blast solar storms to Earth

The dangerous sunspot AR3089 has appeared on the sun. Terrifyingly, it can send X-class solar flares and severe solar storms to Earth.

The sun is exhibiting frighteningly erratic behavior as we approach the apex of its maximum solar phase. On September 18, three regions of the sun’s southern hemisphere exploded simultaneously, releasing large amounts of magnetic charge and solar particles. Fortunately, that was not in the direction of Earth. But something much scarier has now appeared for our planet. A sunspot called AR3089 has come into view of Earth. This sunspot was seen earlier in September and was noted to carry an X-class solar flare magnetic field. It was spotted using the engineering marvel DSCOVR satellite operated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It has various instruments to observe temperature, speed, density, degree of orientation and frequency of solar particles ejected from the sun and calculates their intensity.

The development was reported by SpaceWeather.com who: notedActive sunspot AR3089 emerges over the southeastern portion of the sun after a two-week journey around the far side of the sun. The last time we saw it in early September, AR3089 had a delta-class magnetic field that energizes X- flares.” The real threat is that if this sunspot explodes, sending powerful coronal mass ejections (CME) toward Earth, we might be greeted with a devastating solar storm.

Sunspot AR3089 threatens Earth with destructive solar storm

While it’s hard to predict at this point how strong Earth’s potential solar storm could be, an X-class solar flare could trigger a moderate to severe solar storm. A G5 class solar storm is also not out of the question. Such a solar storm can burn and destroy satellites in Earth’s lower orbital space, massively disrupting and destroying wireless communications such as shortwave radio transmissions, GPS, cellular network, and even Internet access. In the worst case, electricity grids can also be damaged by such a solar storm.

The NOAA DSCOVR satellite has been monitoring the situation, and as the CME storm is slowing down, we’ll find out 24-48 hours before it happens, which could give us some time to protect our assets.

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