Recently, NASA discovered huge sunspot they have been eyeing on for a long period of time. It was believed that sunspots exists but a number of observation were still being done by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observation (SDO) had to be done with much precision to determine whether what had been proposed were real or not.
The observations were don for a period of two day which is basically 2 days if we were to count time using days. The sunspots appeared to be in groups and according to the time-lapse video, it is apparent that the spots grew bigger as the sun came into direct view.
What does Sunspot Look Like and what does It Mean
What does these sunspots mean? According to SDO, the sunspots which are dark in color than the rest of the surfaces of the sun can be explained. The sunspots which are dark in color are basically patches shows that that particular surface is cooler than the rest of the surface and that is why they appear dark.
It is astonishing how these spots have been discovered to occupy a large space, larger surface than that of the earth, hence the region has accrued the name, “ACTIVE REGION 12665”. This region has been considered as the only sunspot on the surface of the sun.
Sunspots Could Affect Transmission between Earth Stations and NASA Spacecraft
According to NASA experts, the sunspot could create a solar flare or flares with time but they agree with the fact that it could take a while for this to happen. What will solar fares affect? If solar flares erupt, it is believed that they could bring about disruption of radio transmission and effect which also occurs during total solar eclipse due to suns corona. When this happens, the spacecraft launched by NASA to collect data in the solar system could experience impaired data transmission.
In readiness for what might happen, NASA has put forwards proper strategies of ensuring that the transmissions from the spacecraft will be secured hence ensuring that the spacecraft does not act on a corrupt command resulting from poor transmission. With the first view of the sunspot many researches have to be done with the aim of ensuring that when solar flares erupt, little effect will be felt as far as transmission is concerned.