Sun is acting STRANGE! A sunspot with a strange magnetic field spotted; Is another solar storm coming?
A perpendicular sunspot with its magnetic field rotated 90 degrees has been spotted on the solar disk facing Earth. It is a very unusual sight and one which disturbs the scientists. Could this be the start of a huge solar storm?
As we approach the peak of the Sun’s 25th solar cycle, expected in 2023, the Sun is behaving more erratically. The growing number of sunspots has shown signs of peculiarity lately. Just a few days ago, we witnessed a sunspot that grew 10 times larger and became part of a double sunspot cluster. And today, a new sunspot was observed which displays a very peculiar magnetic field. Instead of horizontal magnetic fields, this sunspot has them vertically, rotating 90 degrees. It is an extremely strange phenomenon and has confused scientists on what it means. And the big question is, can this cause an unprecedented solar storm? Continue reading.
The phenomenon was reported by SpaceWeather.com who said: “New sunspot AR3088 is emerging in the southern hemisphere of the sun. Its magnetic field is not normal. Above is a map of the magnetic fields on the sun. AR3088 is inserted. According to Hale’s law, the magnetic poles of the sunspot should be arranged +/-, that is, positive (+) on the left and negative (-) on the right. Instead, they are rotated 90 degrees; positive (+) is up and negative (-) is down”.
This phenomenon has alerted scientists because we do not yet know what it really means. “This is a rare ‘perpendicular sunspot’, with magnetic poles orthogonal to the sun’s equator. What’s going on? Something unusual may be happening to the sun’s magnetic dynamo under the surface where this sunspot is growing. We’ll keep an eye on AR3088 to see what happens next,” he added.
Orthogonal magnetic fields on a sunspot create a warning for solar storms
While it’s difficult to understand the overall impact this sunspot may have on the Sun, one theory suggests that it may result in conflicting magnetic fields that can make sunspot AR3088 unstable and more explosive. As such, if it explodes, the resulting solar storm can be extremely destructive. Also, we don’t know how an orthogonal magnetic field will affect the Earth’s magnetosphere. The result can be catastrophic.