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The Sun on March 30, 2001.
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Massive Sunspot!
News story originally written on March 30, 2001

The largest sunspot of the decade has shown up on the Sun. You can see the sunspot in the upper, right hand part of the Sun. Though it doesn't look like much, this area is equivalent to the surface area of 14 Earths!

Already, flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) have shot from this sunspot. These flares and CMEs released March 28th-29th are headed towards Earth. This means there may be increased auroral activity and possibly even radio or power blackouts this weekend!

Stay tuned to Spaceweather.com for updates!

Last modified March 30, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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