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This plasma loop on the Sun is GINORMOUS; never been seen before- big as distance between Earth and Moon

Scientists have discovered an enormous plasma loop on the sun's eastern side. Even scientific terms can’t describe this ginormous loop. 

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 05 2022, 00:13 IST
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Scientists had spotted a massive eruption on the northeastern side of the sun that has been dubbed as 'ginormous' due to its size. (ESA)
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Scientists had spotted a massive eruption on the northeastern side of the sun that has been dubbed as 'ginormous' due to its size. (ESA)

Astronomers have spotted a massive buildup of plasma on the sun's eastern side. Notably, it has never been seen before. The loop of plasma is so big that even scientific terms can not describe it accurately. Astronomer Richard N. Schrantz, has captured the event from his backyard observatory in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He said, “It's ginormous." As shared by Spaceweather.com, the newly spotted plasma loop can extend up to 3,25,000 kilometers in space which is almost the distance between Earth and the Moon.

Spaceweather.com has also issued the image of the same. According to a report, the right foot of the plasma is increasingly unstable and it could collapse at any moment. However, the good news is there are no chances of it being directed towards the Earth as it is on the other side of the sun.

Amateur astronomers can also view this massive plasma buildup using their telescopes.

The Sun has been in a pretty active state recently, shooting out many solar flares. As per the report, the sun's 11-year activity cycle has been ramping-up and hence, CMEs and solar flares are becoming more frequent. A few days back, astronomers had spotted a massive eruption on the northeastern limb of the sun that remained obscured from view. Despite the explosion being powerful, experts had predicted that it did not pose any threat to Earth.

Meanwhile, Sunspot AR3068, is also growing on the Sun. There is also a possibility of it developing a beta-gamma magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. "Any explosions today will be geoeffective because the sunspot is almost directly facing Earth," spaceweather said.

The Space Weather Prediction Center under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that these solar storms can lead to minor radio blackouts, GPS blackouts, as well as satellite and network disruptions on earth depending on their intensity.

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First Published Date: 05 Aug, 00:13 IST
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