A new sunspot is firing off solar eruptions and here's what it looks like on video - Space.com
Oct 26, 2021 59 secs
It's unclear from the angle of the explosions (relative to Earth) from where they emanated, but the space weather tracking site SpaceWeather.com suggested it would be a sunspot, or a dark concentration of magnetic activity on the sun's surface.

Related: The sun's wrath: Worst solar storms in history.

—The sun's wrath: Worst solar storms in history.

This year is towards the beginning of a new 11-year cycle of solar activity, which began in December 2019.

It's unclear exactly how strong this forthcoming solar cycle will be, although solar cycle 25 (the current cycle) has a general consensus among scientists that the average number of sunspots will be lower than usual: a range of 95 to 130 at peak, compared with a typical 140 to 220 sunspots.

NASA's SDO is one of a range of telescopes and spacecraft that gaze at the sun in an attempt to improve solar weather predictions.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more!

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration.

To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace


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