But i wanted to get a video up and this notification seemed just right to me and it popped up on my phone and ive done videos on this before and its been a while. But as you can see, as reported by livescience.com among others, there is a giant sunspot and well get to what a sunspot is and what this means in a minute. But a giant sunspot has doubled in size in just the past 24 hours and its pointing straight at earth. How do you like that and earth will remain in the sunspots crosshairs for a few more days now, from what ive read here, the sunspot that has appeared on our sun directly pointed at us has grown to a size that is twice of this planet, so its The size of two earths with a diameter ranging of around 20 000 miles, and so some of you that may be new to the channel or you just need to be reminded, in short, a sunspot, and especially massive ones like this. They appear as darker areas on the suns, hence the name sunspot, and so these massive areas are regions of intense and complicated magnetic fields that can produce what are known as solar, flares, otherwise known as the simpler term cmes or coronal mass ejection. So basically, we have our sun that starts to develop these massive dark sunspots that are created and made up of magnetic fields and plasma until like a volcano, they erupt producing solar flares, which are these bursts of high energy radiation and plasma sent flying out into space And sometimes these eruptions or coronal mass ejections are aimed directly at planet earth and typically when they do hit earth thanks to our own planets magnetic field, we really dont feel the effects of it.
Maybe some radio transmission problems cell phone signals may go in and out, and possibly some internet and cable tv disruptions that last for up to a couple of hours and so sunspots and solar flares are an everyday occurrence. But there are also sizes and levels to a solar flare. Much like there are earthquakes here on planet earth. Some are very small, some are powerful enough. It could mean total lights out for the entire planet or at least part of the planet. Sending us back to the 1700s, having fried the entire electricity grid of the entire country or the entire planet, which ive heard could take up to five to ten years for us to restore said energy grid. The fact that not only do we have a giant sunspot that has, in the last 24 hours, doubled its size to twice that of planet earth, the sunspot, which has been dubbed ar 30, which actually grew to 2.5 times. Earth size is pointing directly at us and will be for the next few days now. Does a sunspot mean that theres going to be a giant solar flare? No, not always, but it is an indicator that the magnetic field is building and an eruption could happen. And, as i said, we do have sort of a defense shield around our earth with our own magnetic field and sometimes even when theyre pointed at earth with earth. Being so small, sometimes they just graze the planet.
The last time that there was any sort of real massive direct hit to planet earth as a result of a solar flare was known as the carrington event, and it is historys greatest solar storm and, to put it briefly, the carrington event. It was a large solar storm that took place at the beginning of september of 1859, just a few months before the solar maximum of 1860.. So in august of 1859 astronomers around the world watched with fascination as the number of sunspots grew and among them was a guy named richard carrington, an amateur sky watcher in a small town called red hill near london, england, and on september 1st, as mr carrington was Sketching a drawing of these sunspots, he was blinded by a sudden flash of light carrington described it as a white light flare and the whole event lasted about five minutes. The flare turned out to be a major coronal mass ejection or cme a burst of magnetized plasma straight from the sun heading toward earth, traversing over 90 million miles before unleashing its full force on our planet and the day that it happened. Planet earth experienced an unprecedented geomagnetic storm with telegraph systems going haywire and massive auroral displays in the sky that are normally confined to polar latitudes and so the carrington event in the mid 1800s. It sparked a huge geomagnetic storm that wreaked havoc with technology that we had at the time. Power lines and grids that we did have were fried and earth fell silent as telegraph communications around the world failed, but again, guys im, not fear mongering here, im just as interested as you, but the fact that this thing has grown to 2.
5 times the size of Earth its pointing right at us its definitely something to keep an eye on make sure you have your backup generators handy and lets hope that the us government, or your government, wherever you may be watching this from, has some some backup generators and fail safes. If this were to occur, but i will keep you guys updated so tell me what you think down below thanks again for stopping by be sure to subscribe on my secure team facebook, my instagram, my twitter for video, upload updates and other info about the channel, and I also want to thank the couple of viewers who, on my last video, threw me a tip via the new super thanks button, which is actually right under this video. Next, to the like button and youll see a little icon that has a little dollar sign and says super thanks and it actually works the same way as a live stream, where you can actually leave a tip on any particular video, and your comment be highlighted in A color, along with the amount that you donated to the video.