Gigantic 700,000 km long magnetic canyon opens up on the sun

A gigantic magnetic canyon, stretching more than 700,000 km from end to end, has formed on the sun on July 5, 2016.

The coronal hole released a gaseous stream of solar wind that should reach Earth on July 8th or 9th. Next polar geomatic storms ahead?

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Atmospheric Imaging Assembly

A canyon-shaped hole has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, and it is ejecting solar wind into space.

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Atmospheric Imaging Assembly

The immense structure, stretches over more than 700,000 km from end to end.

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Atmospheric Imaging Assembly

As explained by SpaceWeather.com: “Coronal holes are places in the sun’s atmosphere where magnetic fields peel back and allow hot gas to escape.”

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Atmospheric Imaging Assembly

In our case, the gaseous stream of solar wind will reach Earth on July 8th or 9th, possibly sparking polar geomagnetic storms when it arrives.

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially in the southern hemisphere where dark winter skies favor visibility.

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