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July 8 2013

These Are Really, Really Big Sunspots Facing Earth Right Now


Do you feel like youíre in the firing gallery? These sunspots are practically square-on to Earth right now. Although they havenít shown much sign of erupting, if they did our planet would be right in the line of fire if a flare or stream of solar particles erupted.

These groups (known as 1785 and 1787) are so big that they are easily visible in amateur telescopes. 1785 alone is more than 11 Earth-diameters across, according to SpaceWeather.com! Just make sure you have the proper solar filters in place before you gaze at these dark smudges.

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