WATCH: Pagasa shares photos of large sunspot groups

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Thursday shared photos of three large sunspot groups taken earlier this morning.

Sunspots are areas on the Sun’s surface that are relatively cooler and appear darker than their surroundings.

“These patches are about the size of Earth, about 20-40 times larger than a typical place,” Pagasa shared on Facebook.

“The Sun is entering the solar maximum phase of its current solar cycle, where there will be an expected increase in solar activity (e.g., frequent solar flares, increased number of sunspots, etc.),” said he added.

Below are images of the Sun shared by Pagasa that show three large groups of sunspots:

Sun disk (Photo courtesy of Pagasa)

sunspot group

Sunspots compared to planets (Photo courtesy of Pagasa)


Sunspot cluster (Photo courtesy of Pagasa)

Pagasa advised the public not to look directly at the Sun without a special filter to protect their eyes.


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