Don’t be alarmed, but, recently, NASA discovered a hole in the sun

The hole is known as a coronal hole, and despite being described as a “hole,” isn’t much to get spooked by. That’s because coronal holes, which occur when the sun’s magnetic field opens and spews material from the corona, are a fairly regular appearance.

They’re not really holes, in fact, just patches of the sun that are burning less plasma, and thus appear darker. 

The hole was seen on Monday by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and looked pretty similar to one spotted a few months ago. (That hole was strangely elongated.)

Other coronal holes have been even more dramatic, like one NASA saw a few years ago that stretched across nearly half the width of the Sun.

Like we said. Happens all the time.