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Massive 50-Earths-Wide Coronal Hole Appears On The Sun

Coronal Hole

A hole so massive it could hold 50 Earths has just appeared in the sun, but there’s no reason for alarm, or so NASA says.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the ginormous hole that just opened up on the Sun is spewing “coronal material” into space at incredible speeds.

The gigantic coronal hole in the Sun was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

According to the U.S. space administration, holes such as the one which was just spotted are low density, magnetically exposed regions of the sun’s outermost atmosphere, its corona, that generate high-speed solar winds. As they contain limited solar material and have lower temperatures, they appear considerably darker than their surroundings.

The holes, while somewhat spectacular in appearance, are normally occurring phenomenons that appear at different locations and with increased frequency during different periods of the Sun’s activity cycle.

The coronal hole that recently appeared set into motion several nights of auroras down on Earth after it caused a geomagnetic storm to erupt near the planet.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the coronal hole on October 10, 2015. The image was captured at 193 Angstroms, a wavelength invisible to human eyes.

In other space coverage here at Immortal News, orbiting astronaut Scott Kelly shared aurora borealis footage captured from his view aboard the International Space Station and it is undoubtedly a sight to behold.

Also, SpaceX announced plans to resume rocket launches with the launch of a Falcon 9 variant intended to carry 11 small satellites into space and a bizarre light spotted by the Kepler spacecraft has sparked reports of a possible alien megastructure looming off in the recesses of distant space.

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