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Huge, potentially disruptive sunspot will swing round to face Earth this weekend

06/08/2022 10:22 AM | Click to read full article

A huge sunspot on the far side of the sun is set to face Earth this weekend, potentially lashing our planet with a geomagnetic storm. 

The spot is so big it's changing the way the sun vibrates. If the dark spot hurls a blob of plasma at Earth, it could disrupt our magnetic field, affecting GPS and communication satellites orbiting close to Earth as well as aeroplane navigation systems.