The Sun’s largest fragment has split off and started orbiting its north pole. Such a vortex on the pole of the Sun has never been observed by scientists, who are pretty perplexed by the phenomenon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) James Webb telescope captured the event. A space weather forecaster named Dr. Tamitha Skov posted it on Twitter.
Unbelievable Moment! A Major Piece Of The Sun Breaks Off
Dr. Tamitha wrote that a material from the northern prominence just broke away from the main filament. It is now revolving in a large polar vortex around the north pole of the Sun. She also wrote that we cannot overstate the implications for understanding the Sun’s atmospheric dynamics above 55°.
While the exact explanation of the event is unknown, it may be related to the reversal of the sun’s magnetic field and the fact that something predictable has been observed to occur every 11 years when the sun reaches a 55-degree latitude.
Expressing this strange activity, Scott McIntosh (Deputy Director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado) says, “It originates once every solar cycle at latitude 55 and then begins to advance towards the solar poles. It’s quite intriguing. There is a lot of “why” surrounding it. Why does it only make one trip towards the pole, vanish, and then suddenly reappear three or four years later in the same place?”
The “ecliptic plane,” or the geometric plane containing Earth’s orbit, allows scientists to observe Part of the Sun Breaks. The Solar Orbiter mission of the European Space Agency, which captures images of the sun as it lifts its orbit above the ecliptic plane, may be able to offer some light on the peculiar behavior. However, until this is done, experts are expected to be left spellbound.