by Chris Carrington
July 7, 2013

from TheDailySheeple Website







Sunspot AR1785 has grown just under 25,000 miles in just 24 hours.


It has widened and lengthened and this could lead to instability in the magnetic field of the sunspot. When the magnetic field loops and swirls it can collapse back in on itself and itís this that produces strong flares.

The shape of this region is changing all the time to a much greater extent than is seen in most sunspots. AR1785 is now 11 times the size of the Earth and is still growing as it moves across the Sun.

Within the next day or two it will be at the center of the Sun disc and any flares at that point will hit Earth directly.

There is an excellent video showing the change in size and shape here.

Today's sunspot number is 115 and NOAA estimates the chance of an M-Class flare today at 55% and an X-Class at 10% though this is apt to revise in light of the dynamic nature of the spot.












Scheduled for July 9, 2013


Solar Explore - AR1785

by Slooh Space Camera

from YouTube Website

Super Sun spot, AR1785, 11 times the size of the Earth and growing, is pointing directly at Earth over the next few days.

Slooh Space Camera will take viewers on a wild ride as we take a close-up view of this gigantic Sun spot from a

world class solar observatory in Arizona.

AR1785 may pose a threat to Earth if a solar flare ignites

while pointed at Earth.

Show starts at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 17 UTC on Tuesday, July 9th.










Colossal sunspot AR1785 is now directly facing Earth.


The active region has a 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class flares, yet so far the sunspot has been mostly quiet. Could it be the calm before the storm? NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of M-flares and a 10% chance of X-flares on July 8th.


Sprawling more than 11 Earth-diameters from end to end, AR1785 is one of the biggest sunspots of the current solar cycle. In fact, it can barely fit on the screen.


Click on the dark core below to see a complete hi-res picture taken by Christian Viladrich of Nattages, France:





To take the picture, Viladrich used a filtered 14-inch Celestron telescope.


All those irregular blobs surrounding the primary dark core are boiling granules of plasma as small as the state of California or Texas. It's a very sharp picture.