Well...the Sun's bruise seems to have grown in size! Yuck. I mean...the entire Earth can probably fit inside that hematoma! Nasty.
Sunspot 2529’s blossomed into a very lovely magnetic structure. The penumbra and umbra are clearly defined and apparent, but the spore-like structures next to it seem to be stunted. For now. Will sunspot 2529 vomit a coronal mass ejection? Who knows. Probably not. But never say never, right? The Sun may become moody or experience some kind of mental paroxysm. Or the Sun may yawn…for another 11 years.
Hey! Did you notice something weird? Sunspot 2529 is shaped like a heart!
Well…kind of. Sunspots can manifest as a variety of wacky shapes and sizes—it’s not uncommon to see peculiarly shaped magnetic structures sprout upon the photosphere. Sunspots can also change shape over time.
Let’s take a look at an earlier photograph of sunspot 2529 (April 10, 2016):
See? The shape is completely different. Most sunspots will have a somewhat spherical structure, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. Obviously. The Sun is a dynamic fusion bomb. Nothing remains static.
Hit the play button and take a closer look at sunspot 2529!