Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Most powerful 'X-class' solar flares of 2013 erupt from surface

This is the jaw-dropping moment the sun experiences one of its largest solar storms of the year as particles are blasted out at 1,200 miles per second.

Solar flares, which are the greatest explosive events we experience, take place on the Sun when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields is suddenly released.

The bursts of radiation aren't a threat to humans, although when powerful enough they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.