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Massive hole in the sun discovered


Posted on Tuesday, 30 July, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
A huge coronal hole covering almost a quarter of the sun is spewing gas and material in to space.

The phenomenon was picked up by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft and shows up as a dark region on photographs. While not a particularly rare occurrence, the rate at which coronal holes appear can depend on the sun's activity cycle.

"While itís unclear what causes coronal holes, they correlate to areas on the sun where magnetic fields soar up and away, failing to loop back down to the surface, as they do elsewhere," said NASA's Karen Fox.

"A spacecraft recently spotted a massive hole in the sunís atmosphere."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by diablo_04 on 31 July, 2013, 0:34
its a joke
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lava_Lady on 31 July, 2013, 0:50
ahh... ok. haha?
Comment icon #9 Posted by woopypooky on 31 July, 2013, 10:50
a dark hole covering 1/4 on the sun. why i cant see it?
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 31 July, 2013, 11:00
'cause your not a satellite with ultraviolet imaging.
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha on 1 August, 2013, 0:05
This is a cool explaination...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lumpy-YNWA on 7 August, 2013, 23:52
Emerald Robinson in the youtube video is extremely annoying. Hot, but annoying.
Comment icon #13 Posted by qtrmilewrx on 9 August, 2013, 5:27
revelation 6:12 and the sun shall darken and the moon turn blood red its all in the bible
Comment icon #14 Posted by SkepticalB on 9 August, 2013, 6:06
So is stars falling from the sky, lets keep it to hard science. Huffington post posted an article explaining that the holes happen at times of activity within the sun, perhaps the magnetic flip has something to do with it
Comment icon #15 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 9 August, 2013, 6:28
I take it the poles are about to flip.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Tau Ceti Xeta on 9 August, 2013, 14:23
I have noticed that when the Earth gets blasted by the Coronal Hole Emissions that speed of the solar wind gauge jumps from about 250 km/sec to 650 km/sec. That added speed pushes our magnetosphere out of the way. Does that sound about right?


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