A massive solar flare erupted from the sun on Tuesday (Jan. 7), rising up from what appears to be one of the largest sunspot groups seen on the star’s surface in a decade, NASA officials say.
Image: This NASA view combines two images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2014. Together, the images show the location of a giant sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST. Credit: NASA/SDO
Jupiter’s Baby Red Spot
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope gave astronomers their most detailed view yet of a second red spot that emerged on Jupiter in 2006. For the first time in history, astronomers have witnessed the birth of a new red spot on the giant planet, which is located half a billion miles away. The storm is roughly one-half the diameter of its bigger and legendary cousin, the Great Red Spot. Researchers suggest that the new spot may be related to a possible major climate change in Jupiter’s atmosphere.
Image: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon-Miller (NASA/GSFC) [high-resolution]
Caption: Hubble Heritage Team
The Golden Ratio is Everywhere