First solar storm from huge sunspot reaches Earth and knocks out satellites - and more could be on their way
- Solar radiation knocked out some radio communication on Earth yesterday
- It came from a giant sunspot seen on the surface of the sun recently
- Sunspot AR12192 is 14 times larger than Earth and almost as big as Jupiter
- The Met Office tells MailOnline it might be the largest sunspot in 25 years
- It is so big that it can be seen in images of the sun from Earth's surface
- This particular flare from the sunspot was brief but strong
- It follows three days of severe storms on the sun
- 'It would seem to be just a matter of time before another strong explosion occurs,' said spaceweather.com's Tony Phillips
A monster storm on the sun's surface has unleashed a solar flare in the direction of Earth - and there could be more to come.
The event temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
The storm came from a large group of sunspots and hit Earth between 10 am and 11 am EDT (2pm and 3pm BST) yesterday.
'It would seem to be just a matter of time before another strong explosion occurs,' said Spaceweather.com's Tony Phillips