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Spacecraft sees giant 'hole' in the sun

A space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere – a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of it.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jul 29, 2013 7:04PM

On July 18, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft captured an image of a massive coronal hole over the sun’s north pole.

Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun's atmosphere, or corona, that contain little solar material, reports the Huffington Post.

X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/R.Barnard, Z.Lee et al.), Optical (NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Prog./B.Schoening, V.Harvey; Descubre Fndn./CAHA/OAUV/DSA/V.Peris)

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The orbiting observatory discovered that the dark spot covers nearly a quarter of the Sun and is surrounded by solar activity, which can affect space weather.

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“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., told the Huffington Post.

Read the complete story on the Huffington Post here.  

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Photo: X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/R.Barnard, Z.Lee et al.), Optical (NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Prog./B.Schoening, V.Harvey; Descubre Fndn./CAHA/OAUV/DSA/V.Peris)

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Aug 4, 2013 6:40PM
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White American Males probably caused it .
Aug 2, 2013 10:15PM
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What does it mean for us?  Will it effect  our magnet fields?  I wish they had told the hole story.

Aug 2, 2013 10:04PM
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Little girls have ALWAYS wanted high-heels, they are not appropriate until they have become young ladies - older than Suri.
Aug 2, 2013 9:06PM
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Scientist should screw with the worlds minds and say we only have days to live! That would be priceless!
Aug 2, 2013 8:37PM
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Global warming is now affecting the sun!  OMG we're all gonna die!
Jul 31, 2013 8:15AM
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Okay, not a threat to earth, but WHAT does it mean?  Is this a precursor to Super Nova?  If this is common, how often and how large have they been?  What is the trend and is there a reason to be FREAKED OUT?

Jul 30, 2013 5:52PM
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Time to use science instead of politics to face global warming and rising oceans. Man is not causing what is happening. Between the Sun and the Earth's normal life cycles, we had better stop wasting time and money and begin building new cities to deal with the changes in the Earth to come.

 

Saving cities that quite frankly are crime-ridden and trashed out is nonsense.

 

Saving America and the majority is far more important than pseudo-science by liberal art majors and idealists.

 

But then this is another test by nature for the survival of the fittest. If we fail, then humanity wins while we are the losers for sheer stupidity and personal pride.

 

The hole's impact on Earth is minimal presently, but one of these holes opening up on our side of the Sun would prove disastrous. Question is why is it this one sector of the Sun we have been seeing these types of events? What is out there, a black dwarf perhaps causing what is now being observed and down-played under the constant droning of the global warming mob?

Jul 30, 2013 5:49PM
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