‘Dead sunspot’ sends ball of plasma towards Earth

The “body” of a sunspot exploded Monday (April 11) and triggered a mass ejection of solar material heading in the Earth’s direction.

The explosion comes courtesy of a dead sunspot called AR2987, according to SpaceWeather.com (opens in new tab). The sunspot explosion released lots of energy in the form of radiation, which also led to a coronal mass emission (CME) – explosive spheres of solar material – both of which could spur more intensely northern Light in the earth‘s upper atmosphere. The material in that CME is likely to affect Earth on April 14, according to SpaceWeather.

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