solar-flare-xA colossal sunspot — at 80,000 miles wide, the largest seen in about a quarter of a century — is acting peculiarly, producing lots of flares but hardly any coronal mass ejections, which are huge bursts of solar wind and magnetic fields, PBS reported. The sun is comprised of plasma gas. Sunspots are comparatively cooler areas on the sun – about 7,500 degrees Fahrenheit. As the sun spins, its magnetic field releases ionized gas. “It’s kind of like having a rubber band that you twist and twist, and it starts to knot up,” said  C. Alex Young of NASA Goddard’s Heliophysics Science Division. “The same sort of thing is happening with magnetic fields. They become more twisted, they get more concentrated, and eventually you have to get rid of that energy,” PBS reported. This release can come in the form of a solar flare or a coronal mass ejection (CME). More