A massive sunspot has appeared on our sun, sparking fears for dangerous solar flares.
It is thought that the spot, which is large enough to be seen from earth might be large enough to produce ‘M-class’ solar flares which can cause havoc with the earth’s atmosphere, causing storms and interfering with satellites.
The sun spot was noticed by the Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory who have said the spot has stayed the same size since it was first observed.
A sunspot is an anomaly on the surface of the sun which is a turbulent area, to do with disturbances to the magnetic field.
Nasa released a statement saying:
‘A new sunspot group has rotated into view and seems to be growing rather quickly.
‘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.’
Forecasters from the NOAA say that there is a 25 per cent chance of M-class flares today, because the sunspot is directly facing our planet.