A ‘dead sunspot’ shoots a ball of plasma towards Earth

A sunspot “corpse” exploded on Monday (April 11), sending a mass ejection of solar material heading toward Earth.

The explosion came thanks to a dead sunspot called AR2987, according to SpaceWeather.com (Opens in a new tab). The explosion of sunspots released a lot of energy in the form of radiation, which also ejected coronal mass ejections (CME) – exploding balls of solar material – both of which can stimulate an increase in the intensity of the sun. Northern lights at Landupper atmosphere. According to SpaceWeather, the material in that CME will likely impact Earth on April 14.

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