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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Learn how to locate, observe and understand sunspots, solar flares and our relationship with the cosmos. Ramona Sentinel, "Two nonprofits to stage AnomaR arts festival," 27 June 2019 Due to a lack of sunspots and a quiet time in the solar cycle, the corona won’t be quite as dynamic as last time – but an elegant double-petal pattern should still gracefully emerge. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A 6,000-mile path will experience a total solar eclipse next week. The display won’t be easy to see.," 26 June 2019 This event will have short talks about the sun, tours of the buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from their 1845 telescope. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "5 Father's Day things to do with your dad in Cincinnati," 14 June 2019 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

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1676, in the meaning defined above

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sunspot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunspot

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

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