A report suggests that scientists were recently baffled after watching material break off from the surface of the Sun. The remarkable phenomenon, which created a tornado-like swirl around the northern pole of the Sun, was captured by NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope.
Material from a northern prominence just broke away from the main filament and is now circulating in the massive polar vortex around the north pole of our Star. Also, the prominence is a large, bright feature that extends from the surface of the Sun.
According to the deputy director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Scott Mclntosh, researchers do not know the cause of this unique event.
Wild Solar Vortex – The Sun is on an 11-year cycle, approaching its expected solar maximum in 2025.
Once every solar cycle, Wild Solar Vortex forms at the 55-degree latitude and starts up to the solar poles. It’s very curious. There is a big question as to why this happens.
But as it approaches that, we can expect it to continually get more and more active. And recently it did something astronomers have never seen before. What you are seeing is a hot stand of plasma filament ejecting from the northern pole of the sun.
But what happens next is what’s baffling scientists. The filament begins to swirl, separating and turning into a vortex. The researchers said that such a scenario was never seen.
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Also, the researchers could not describe why it moves towards the pole one time and then suddenly disappear and then come back, magically, 3 or 4 years later in exactly the same region. There as some illustrations that the phenomenon has something to do with the Sun’s magnetic field.
This year has already been a wild one for the sun, which has sent out several X&M class flares in January already.
The solar maximum we are quickly approaching occurs when the Sun’s magnetic poles flip, reversing the polarity of its field lines. But science alert reports not all solar maximums are the same, and so far this cycle has been particularly energetic.
The Sun has already shot multiple powerful flares at the Earth this month as it approaches peak activity for its current 11-year cycle in 2025.
Solar projections can disrupt power grids, radio signals, and even GPS systems.