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Turn, turn, turn! Explosion on the far side of the sun raises the threat of a solar storm to Earth?

A huge explosion was observed from the far side of the sun. This blast will be aimed at Earth in about a week. Could it send a dangerous solar storm to Earth?

Just a few days ago, Earth suffered the Halloween-day solar storm attack from our sun, which appeared to have plastered a scary smiley face on its face due to some dark spots suddenly appearing on the surface. These dark spots (also called sunspots) are locations with extremely high magnetic fields that become destabilized and explode. This is how the coronal mass ejections (CME) are shot at Earth. While the dark spots are gone, worse news has come for our planet. Earlier today there was a huge explosion at the far side of the sun. This new blast site, which could be a potentially unstable sunspot, will be visible from Earth in a week as the sun rotates on its axis. This has raised concerns about a dangerous solar storm soon to hit Earth.

The development was: reported by SpaceWeather who noted on its website, “Something just exploded at the far side of the sun. The blast hurled a CME into space during the late hours of October 31… Earth side of the sun.” The website also shared a short video from the moment the sun exploded, which you can see here. You can also see Mercury on the right and Venus on the left. The gaseous material that comes out of the explosion is the CME that causes solar storms.

Earth can weather a powerful solar storm within a week

Since it is extremely difficult to measure how dangerous a sunspot is before we can see it, not much can be said at this point about the location of the explosion on the far side of the sun. However, given the intensity of the explosion, the potential sunspot could be one of the largest we’ve seen this year. There are currently two options. The first is that after the explosion, the sunspot expelled most of the destabilizing magnetic fields. If that is the case, then the sunspot will disappear and the earth has nothing to fear.

Conversely, however, the sunspot may also have gotten worse as a result of the explosion and grown in size. If so, it could destabilize a wider area and cause an even bigger explosion. That would be bad news for the Earth, because we might be the victims.

It should be noted that the worst solar storm we’ve seen so far in 2022 was a G3 class solar storm caused by a double CME impact in August. The solar storm caused GPS and radio jamming across much of Africa, the Middle East and Australia. A stronger solar storm can easily damage satellites, disrupt mobile networks, damage broadband cables under the sea and affect internet connectivity, cause power outages and even damage the microprocessors in electronic devices.

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