This could have an unprecedented effect on electronics on Earth, which could in turn cause further devastating effects on human life.
For those that follow Bible prophecy, look no further than Revelation 8:2.
- Coronal holes are regions of the corona where the magnetic field reaches out into space
- Particles moving along those magnetic fields can leave the sun rather than being trapped near the surface
- Polar coronal hole can remain visible for five years or longer, although constantly changes shape
There were no fireworks on the sun to welcome in the New Year – and in fact, scientists say the end of the year was relatively quiet on the solar surface.
However, the sun has started 2015 with a mysterious event – a huge hole has appeared.
Known as a coronal hole, the phenomenon occurred near the south pole – and is seen as a dark area covered all of its base in these stunning images.