Rashmi Ranjan

In a never-seen-before phenomenon, a huge chunk of the Sun’s surface has reportedly broken off leaving the space scientists baffled. The entire celestial incident has been captured by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

According to reports, NASA's James Webb telescope captured the entire development and a space weather forecaster Dr Tamitha Skov shared the video on her Twitter handle.

In the video, material from a northern prominence can be seen breaking away from the main filament and now circulating in a massive polar vortex around the north pole of the Sun.

“Talk about Polar Vortex! Material from a northern prominence just broke away from the main filament & is now circulating in a massive polar vortex around the north pole of our Star. Implications for understanding the Sun's atmospheric dynamics above 55° here cannot be overstated!”Skov wrote while sharing the video on the micro-blogging site.

Meanwhile scientists and physicist have raised concern over the development and its impact on the Earth.

“It takes 11 years to complete 1 solar year. A solar year means minimum Sun spot to Maximum Sun spot. This is a regular phenomenon, but this time the intensity is more. There are possibilities that the chunk that broke off may get mixed with the Sun again as it has gravity,” said physicist Professor Prashant Parida. 

“Even if it does not mix, neither it will affect the mass of the Sun, nor the rotation and revolution of the earth. However, the phenomenon may result in the solar storm which is visible in the north and south poles affecting telecommunication on the Earth. There are several instances of plane crashes due to the phenomenon,” he added.

Notably, the Sun emits solar flares that affect communications on Earth.

“Sun is made up of gas and continuous atomic reaction is taking place on its surface. The phenomenon will have no impact on Earth as long as they lie close to the poles of the Sun. So there is no need to panic,” said Subhendu Patnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium.

“If the charged particles of the Sun approach towards Earth, then it may affect telecommunication,” Patnaik informed.