The 75,000 Mile Wide Hole In The Sun Could Black Out Earth's Communications

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The sunspot spotted by NASA as our sun creeps toward its solar minimum is 75,000 miles wide. That has huge implications for our satellites and communications systems, and the sunspot could cause some blackouts on Earth.

The huge sunspot has the potential to send out dangerous solar flares known to take out important communication equipment, satellites, and even huge sections of the power grid. 

This sunspot is the first to appear after the sun was spotless for 2 days and the dark core is larger than the Earth.

A 75,000-mile wide sunspot just appeared.

Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory first detected the huge spot last week, and it appears to have lingered through to this week.

Sunspots are darker, cooler areas on the surface of the sun, caused by interactions with the sun’s magnetic field. They tend to appear in regions of intense magnetic activity, and when that energy is released, solar flares and huge storms erupt from sunspots.


Such a storm could create stunning auroras around the world, as well as play havoc with power grids, potentially causing blackouts in some areas. –DailyMail

NASA released a statement about the newly visible sunspot.

“A new sunspot group has rotated into view and seems to be growing rather quickly,” they said.


“It is the first sunspot to appear after the sun was spotless for two days, and it is the only sunspot group on the sun at this moment.”

Watch the video below to see the sunspot rotate into view.

“It could be the source for some solar flares, but it is too early to predict just what it will do,” NASA continued. Forecasters from the NOAA say that there is a 25 percent chance of M-class flares today because the sunspot is directly facing our planet.

Solar flares occur when a buildup of magnetic energy on the sun is suddenly released. They usually erupt from sunspots, temporary dark, and relatively cool patches on our star’s surface where the local magnetic field is very strong. They are broken down into three classes, C, M, or X for strong flares, and A or B for weaker flares.

There’s a tenfold increase in power from one class to the next, so an X flare is 10 times stronger than an M flare, and 100 times more powerful than a C. There’s also a finer gradation within each class, from 1 to 9 in the case of C and M flares. But the number goes higher for X flares, because they’re at the top of the scale and the sun occasionally fires off eruptions more than 10 times stronger than an X1. For example, in 2003, the sun let loose a flare that registered as an X28 before overwhelming the sensors that measured it. It remains the most powerful solar flare ever recorded. –Space

M-class eruptions, which experts say could result from this sunspot, can generate brief radio blackouts at the poles and minor radiation storms that could endanger orbiting astronauts. X-class flares, on the other hand, can have consequences on a planet-wide scale, triggering widespread radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms.

The CMEs (coronal mass ejections) that often accompany solar flares have even more destructive potential. When a CME’s charged particles interact with Earth’s magnetic field, they can spawn geomagnetic storms powerful enough to disrupt GPS signals, radio communications, and power grids.

Although this sunspot doesn’t appear to present any major danger just yet, the sun’s approaching solar minimum too, and it’s likely to continue to be a bumpy ride until its cycle ends. As always, things could change quickly when speaking of the unpredictability of the sun.

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junction's picture

Bring it on!  There is nothing good on TV now anyway.

Art Van Delay's picture

The  global warming snowflakes will be extatic.


greenskeeper carl's picture

First Yellowstone and now this?!?!?! WE'RE FREAKING DOOMED!!! DOOMED I TELL YA!

tmosley's picture

I'm sure we'll all die this time.

IronSights on'um's picture

It's all bogus. Just cover for a manufacturers blackout.

SlowBro's picture

Oh goody, Mac "The Sky Is Falling" Slavo, who is about as accurate as Michael Snyder or Porter Stansberry. You know what they say about a broken clock.

Meanwhile, in reality world... "Sunspot AR2665 is decaying, both in area and magnetic complexity. It no longer poses a significant threat for strong solar flares."

Automatic Choke's picture

'scuse me.   is this going to kill us all more or less than Y2K did?   and will it kill us before or after Yellowstone does?  (I gotta keep my doom porn itemized correctly).


Paul Kersey's picture

If there's a blackout, Trump did it.

Golden Showers's picture

...Or is this a fake video of Obama?

Y'all remember "Black Hole Sun" by those dicks from Seattle in the 90's?

Don't forget the black sun is a major interest to some parties.

On a side note, can you imagine being called "Trump Junior" your entire life? That would suck. Would that be like "Trumps sun"?

Why does English have so many homo-nyms? What the fuck is going on! What the FUCK! AAAAAAHHHH!

armada's picture

When they shut down the internet, they'll blame it on that sun crap explanation.

SoDamnMad's picture

Just like another Carrington Event of 1859. We can blame it on NK and spend a trillion dollars to fix all that fried. Bullish for cell phone sales.

I think I will unplug the microwave and put all my stuff in it each night.

Ms No's picture

I am updating on 7/14.  This call was a hit or partial hit.  We lost radio communications over a large swath of the pacific and the rest will hit towards Sunday.

Stuck on Zero's picture

You guys aren't looking at this properly. The sunspot flare will hit earth and cause Yellowstone to explode. They're all connected.

Implied Violins's picture



(scratches balls; notices camera)

(Off-mic - 'shit, this again? Ok, lemme get the deer in headlights look going...OK, I'm ready')



giovanni_f's picture

The magma chamber will be said to have been triggered by a deep-felt not-my-president sorrow.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

It's been worse for 6 out of every 11 years since the sun was born.

It'll happen one day, but if this gets us riled up, what won't?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"There is evidence of bad shit having been survived before."  -  Ken Kesey

Aftoward's picture

Not to mention that it has rotated past the point of being directed at the earth.

logicalman's picture

Surface area of the sun is around 940,113,135,380,193 square miles.

75,000 doesn't look like much next to that.




Déjà view's picture

How much surface area is water?

Move along folks (NOTHING) to see here...just scare...doom & gloom...FED Beige Book turned Little Red Book in 2008...

WillyGroper's picture

"Just cover for a manufacturers blackout."

could be the nyse & cover for yellonfellon.

SWRichmond's picture

NYC grid please, thanks!

JuliaS's picture

And all news networks, and Facebook, and Twitter and Amazon and... ah fuck! All of them! There's nothing online worth keeping.

vaporland's picture

When I die, everyone dies. You're safe for now...

NoDebt's picture

"A 75,000-mile wide sunspot just appeared."

The Chinese just bought it and built McMansions on it that nobody will ever live in.


vato poco's picture

Game of Thrones starts on Sunday, and so help me if the sun fucks this up ...

vato poco's picture

P.S. shorter summertime ZH: FEAR! FEAR!! FEAR!!!

OverTheHedge's picture

A quick rummage on the net would suggest that the "average"sunspot is about the size of the earth. They can be big enough to see with the naked eye - about 4 times the size of earth, as a minimum.

This article is the space weather equivalent of reporting that rain has a tendency to be wet, and often falls from clouds.

In other news, I see Phoenix Capital is predicting the end of the financial world. Also, the sea is mostly made of water, humans breath air (or occasionally helium), and someone wants you to be scared of anything and everything, except......What are we missing?

nmewn's picture

Where's AltRightGirl & BlueJizz (whatever)...they got the night off? ;-)

SWRichmond's picture

OT: Huffpo is doing a bus tour and seeks your input!

 Bottom of the page is contact info.  They want to listen to America!  Tell them what you think!

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

"As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, starting on its way."

Diatom's picture

"unpredictability of the Sun"


The Sun has been doing the same for the last billions of years and now that we made

a shitty power grid and some shitty satelites we worry about the Sun "unpredictability"...

Human species:

" Doing shit; Talking shit in the third ball from the Sun..."

wisehiney's picture

Mr Sun, Could you please hold off until the dimocrats take control again?

nmewn's picture

To my BitFriends...ahem..."Whats in your wallet?" ;-)

greenskeeper carl's picture

If you make a fist around a USB drive with your bits on it, it will make your fist more dense and have a better chance of knocking out an attacker, so theres that...

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

"To my BitFriends...ahem..."Whats in your wallet?" ;-)"

..and in exchange, the Sun will fling us more Gold - oh the irony...

10mm's picture

Fart you fucking sun,just fart.

skinwalker's picture

This is class C doom porn. I've seen way better.

JuliaS's picture

Welcome to ZH, where it's the end of the world, all day, every day, except today.

dark fiber's picture

My personal favorite is still the Yellowstone eruption.  Closely followed by Giant Meteor(TM).  But I have to admit that the ZH doomsday extravaganza is getting a bit boring.  And is beginning to lack imagination.  And style.  And its just getting old man.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Yum.  Solar Porn.

Hold on while I slip off my speedo.

JuliaS's picture

According to research, exposure to solar porn may cause permanent blindness.

francis scott falseflag's picture


People can't tell why you're blind, but they know why the palm of your hand is hairy.