Solar Flare Erupts- Spectacular Images + Brief interruption to communications
Isn't the view simply spectacular? A handout picture shows the Sun as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 9, 2011. The sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013 on a roughly 11-year sunspot cycle, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. Power supplies, air traffic control, communications and satellites can all be disrupted by storms.
Reminds me of the movie Knowing. "This wasn't really such a big event," said Michael Hesse, chief of the space weather laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "It was spectacular to watch, but not big in terms of hazards to the Earth."