A rare solar storm has occurred.
The event was witnessed by astronomers worldwide. A huge flare burst out above a sunspot the size of the Earth. The explosion caused a coronal mass ejection aimed directly at us. Experts said the CME would hit the Earth around 3 and 4 August, sparking spectacular displays of the aurora.
Dr Lucie Green of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory has been following the flare-ups, saying, “What wonderful fireworks the Sun has been producing”.