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A Giant Sunspot Doubled in Size in 24 Hours, And It's Pointing Right at Earth

A Giant Sunspot Doubled in Size in 24 Hours, And It’s Pointing Right at Earth

A gigantic sunspot has swelled to twice Earth’s size, doubling its diameter in 24 hours, and it’s pointed right at us.  The sunspot, called AR3038, grew to 2.5 times Earth’s size – making the sunspot roughly 19,800 miles, or 31,900 kilometers, in diameter – from Sunday (June 19) to Monday night (June 20), according to Spaceweather.com, a …

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'No need to panic' as sunspot with potential for solar flares doubles in size overnight, scientists say

‘No need to panic’ as sunspot with potential for solar flares doubles in size overnight, scientists say

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A sunspot pointing toward Earth has the potential to cause solar flares, but experts told USA TODAY it’s far from unusual and eased concerns over how flares would affect the Blue Planet. Active Region 3038, or AR3038, has been growing over the past week, said Rob Steenburgh, acting lead of the …

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