Space telescope spots gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere

July 29, 2013 SPACEA space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere — a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of our closest star, spewing solar material and gas into space. The so-called coronal hole over the sun’s north pole came into view between July 13 and 18 and was observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. NASA released a video of the sun hole as seen by the SOHO spacecraft, showing the region as a vast dark spot surrounded by solar activity. Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, containing little solar material. In these gaps, magnetic field lines whip out into the solar wind rather than looping back to the sun’s surface. Coronal holes can affect space weather, as they send solar particles streaming off the sun about three times faster than the slower wind unleashed elsewhere from the sun’s atmosphere, according to a description from NASA. “While it’s 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,” NASA’s Karen Fox at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., explained in an image description. These holes are not uncommon, but their frequency changes with the solar activity cycle. The sun is currently reaching its 11-year peak in activity, known as the solar maximum. Around the time of this peak, the sun’s poles switch their magnetism. The number of coronal holes typically decreases leading up to the switch. After the reversal, new coronal holes appear near the poles. Then as the sun approaches the solar minimum again, the holes creep closer to the equator, growing in both size and number, according to NASA. -Yahoo
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13 Responses to Space telescope spots gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere

  1. Irene C says:

    Fascinating. But does this pose any danger to our planet? Is this something we should be concerned with?

  2. Gabriel says:

    Has there ever been a hole this size or even close to this size before?

  3. Wilhelm says:

    There did seem to be a dimming in the amount of afternoon light for several days earlier last week here in California. I thought it might’ve been due to the abnormally abundant level of cloud cover we’ve been experiencing this summer but did remark one day that it kind of felt like perhaps we were going thru a solar eclipse or something…

  4. Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

    A far fetched idea just occurred to me looking at this massive dark hole on the sun. Maybe this is how the sun’s three days of darkness happens.

  5. Hoody says:

    Is this article for real. I have been waiting several days to see some response from other websites regarding this. Nothing at all.

    Take a look.

    http://www.chronicle.su/news/edward-snowden-solar-flare-killshot-cataclysm-imminent/

    Then here which backs up Snowdens article but without a date.

  6. John Kilby says:

    Looks almost like the sun is gradually going out. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light …” Matt. 24: 29,

  7. mtnwolf63 says:

    “and the sun became black” – Revelation 6:12

  8. angeles says:

    Indeed, it sounds huge, but manipulation is fine. This is an image of Soho, 284 Angstrom, so very high temperatures, which enlarges notoriously coronal hole. In fact, the coronal hole was much smaller, and it is visible in the image of 195 Angstrom, much more representative of the reality. Here is a french link with the picture : http://suivi-soleil.kazeo.com/accueil/accueil,r1665306-2.html

  9. webowers says:

    They think something like this happened back in 1859, when the Carrington event occured.

  10. Miku says:

    @Hoody Internet Chronicle(that link you sent) is a joking site which plays with fake news. They just invent them and release on internet. It’s sad that everyone is buying that fake notice about The Killshot =// again, it’s fake. Snowdens knows nothing(didn’t told us at least) about that.

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