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Sunspots

Updated: May 7, 2019

The sun’s surface burns at 6,000 degrees Celsius, which is about 180 times hotter than a hot day on earth, so you can imagine how annoying small talk is there. Dark dots on the surface are known as sunspots, and they stand out because they’re much cooler than the rest of the sun (at least they think they are). Sunspots typically appear in pairs, each representing a magnetic pole. Occasionally, however, they’ll be joined by a third sunspot, who wishes they wouldn’t only invite him out of pity. In July of 2000, sunspots caused a massive solar flare, which created so much atmospheric disturbance that the Northern Lights were visible in Texas, but were chased off by locals shouting “damn Yankees”.

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