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'Freakishly huge' sunspot causing radio blackouts all over the world

'Freakishly huge' sunspot causing radio blackouts all over the world

A massive sunspot hasn't just been "making waves" on the surface of the center of our solar system, it's also blowing the minds of astronomers across the world. Astronomers have called sunspot AR 2192 "freakishly huge." Check out a picture of this behemoth.

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This sunspot is over 80,000 miles across: That's big enough to fit Jupiter.  But what's really got scientists' attention about this sunspot and others is its ability to wreak havoc on our humble blue planet. Potential disasters like solar flares and other phenomena could spell out disaster for the earth.

And the effects of this massive sunspot aren't just theoretical; two not-quite-Earth-melting solar flares have already disrupted high-frequency radio waves around the world. They're only minor annoyances, though, and let's hope that it stays that way.

Check out this 72-hour time-lapse of the sunspot. It's amazing.

Want more space-related cool stuff? Scientists may have discovered radio signals in space. Click here to find out what went down.

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Source: NPR
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