Plasma lightning 500,000 kilometers long pierced the atmosphere of the Sun

(ORDO NEWS) — The Sun is nearing peak activity associated with an 11-year cycle , which will be reached in 2025.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of flares and coronal mass ejections, some of which even reach our planet, as was the case, for example, on January 19, 2023, which led to an increase in the activity of auroras

Increasing solar activity is associated with an increase in the number of sunspots on the surface of the star.

These regions are slightly colder than the rest of the star’s surface, and this is due to the magnetic fields rising from the interior of the Sun.

During the rotation of the Sun, magnetic field lines near spots can easily become entangled, which leads to their intersection and reorganization, followed by the generation of flares and coronal mass ejections.

Spaceweather.com reports that this discharge, about 500,000 kilometers long, connected two sunspots, AR3192 and AR3190.

The latter, crossing the central meridian of our star, is so large (pictured below) that it can be seen with the naked eye, simply by using a solar filter.

Plasma lightning 500 000 kilometers long pierced the atmosphere of the Sun 2
The Sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

This discharge is so large that it could revolve more than 12.5 times around the Earth‘s equator.

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