A large sunspot emerging is crackling with C-class solar flares and, based on its size, could be capable of even stronger eruptions.
So far the sunspot is relatively quiet,
producing only a smattering of low-level C-class
solar flares. We will know more about AR1654's flare-producing
potential in the days ahead as the sunspot turns
If there are a lot of sunspots, the magnetic field is most stressed, and the Sun
is at its most active. The magnetic flux may get so stressed that it may
"reconnect" with opposite polarities, releasing huge amounts of energy as
Coronal mass ejections may be unleashed from these flare events, sending
hot solar plasma into space. If directed at the Earth, these CMEs can cause
damage to satellites, astronauts, even whole power grids on the ground.