Huge sunspot set to burst and fling solar flare ‘directly’ at Earth causing geomagnetic storm

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SPACE weather experts are keeping a close eye on an "enormous sunspot" that's doubled in size in the past 24 hours.

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The unstable patch on the solar surface is directly facing Earth so if it bursts it could fling solar flares our way.

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A solar flare isn't expected to hit yet but it could be possible if the sunspot continues to grow and behave in an unstable manner.

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The experts at SpaceWeather.com explained: "Yesterday, sunspot AR3038 was big.

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"Today, it's enormous. The fast-growing sunspot has doubled in size in only 24 hours.

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"AR3038 has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares, and it is directly facing Earth."

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Sunspots are dark regions that pop up on the Sun due to magnetism inside the burning mass.

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They can last between a few hours to a few months and are considered 'dead' when they start breaking apart.

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Not all sunspots produce solar flares but when they do they can impact Earth.

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