The sun has been rather docile lately…did you notice? Probably not. Staring at the sun is rather unhealthy. And no one likes the smell of scorched eyeballs. It’s true. Solar activity can be unpredictable, but the sun is known to have a distinct moods every 11 years. Tantrums or perhaps a hellish hissy fit can occur during periods of low activity. Watch out.
Sunspots can sprout anywhere on the photosphere, or they can rotate into view. They’re kind of like stellar blemishes, but much more complicated. Blemishes can be caused by clogged pores, but sunspots are caused by twisted magnetic field lines—because the sun looooves to differently rotate. Sexy.
Put on your wrap around shades, grab your sunblock, and let’s journey into a big fiery ball! Prepare to swim inside an oasis of plasma while you’re consumed by the maw of a sunspot!