sunspot

noun
sun·​spot | \ ˈsən-ˌspät How to pronounce sunspot (audio) \

Definition of sunspot

: any of the dark spots that appear at times on the sun's surface and are usually visible only through a telescope

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Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires is popular as a winter sunspot for Northern Hemisphere types, but the muggy Porteño summer can make exploring the city unappealing. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Places to Travel This Spring," 12 Feb. 2018 Color-correcting concealers can also be used to address concerns like redness and hyperpigmentation; green to minimize redness and peach or purple to disguise acne scars or sunspots. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Why Makeup Artists Say You Should Always Use at Least Two Concealers," 4 Oct. 2018 The Space Weather Prediction Center expects that the geomagnetic storm generated on June 25 may create sunspots in Michigan tonight. Susan Selasky And Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Strawberry moon, Saturn to light up sky tonight," 27 June 2018 Sometimes sunspots can create solar flares or eruptions in large regions of magnetic activity. Susan Selasky And Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Strawberry moon, Saturn to light up sky tonight," 27 June 2018 But this is no sepia print: Purples, blues, and reds soak the canvas; circles pulse woozily in the background like sunspots. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, T.C. Cannon’s paintings exult and reproach," 21 Mar. 2018 But Cohen, who was also not involved in the study, points out the shift does correspond with observed motions of sunspots. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why," 28 Mar. 2018 For dense, discrete sunspots, on the other hand, lasers are magic. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "A Dermatologist's Guide to In-Office Hyperpigmentation Treatments," 9 Mar. 2018 The previous day, Lucy had located a sunspot on the carpet in the bedroom and dragged her throbbing body to the center of it. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "DOC: Goodbye, Lucy. You were never less than loved.," 20 Jan. 2018

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1676, in the meaning defined above

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sunspot

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English Language Learners Definition of sunspot

astronomy : a dark spot that sometimes appears on the surface of the sun

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