12:00 PM | New group of sunspots to monitor

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One of the largest sunspot groups in years has rotated onto the visible side of the sun in the last few days. This group of sunspots is officially called AR1476 and it contains at least four dark cores that are larger than the Earth. The group covers an estimated 100,000 kilometers from end-to-end and has been active in the generation of solar flares. The most interesting time is yet to come for this group of sunspots as it will soon face the Earth more directly which will allow for coronal mass ejections (CMEs) to more directly impact the Earth’s atmosphere. Stay tuned.