The Sun can definitely be a fickle friend at times!
On the one hand, the Sun is essential for life on Earth. It provides us with light, heat, and energy and allows plants to grow and thrive. Without the Sun, our planet would be a frozen, dark, and lifeless place.
But on the other hand, the Sun can also have some negative effects on us. For example, have you ever had a sunburn? The Sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and other types of damage to our skin and eyes. And if you’ve ever tried to walk on hot pavement or drive a car with a black dashboard on a sunny day, you know that the Sun can make things unbearably hot and uncomfortable.
And let’s not forget about solar storms! Sometimes, the Sun can emit huge bursts of radiation and charged particles that can disrupt our planet’s magnetic field and interfere with GPS, radio, and other types of communication.
Magnetized plasma might turn to face Earth
According to space.com, a sunspot from the far side of our star has ignited a huge cloud of magnetized plasma and thrown it into space. A coronal mass ejection resulted from the explosion, which was accompanied by a solar flare.
The solar flare and coronal mass ejection that recently occurred were not directly aimed at Earth. However, experts have warned that the sunspot that caused these events will soon be facing the planet as the Sun rotates.
A coronal mass ejection (CME) is a large eruption of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun. CMEs can contain billions of tons of solar material and can travel at speeds of up to several million miles per hour.
So while the Sun is an important and necessary part of our lives, it’s important to remember to protect ourselves from its harmful effects and be prepared for the occasional solar tantrum.