From the vantage point of the heavens, the sun is a dazzling object.
But its warmth can cause severe discomfort to those who have it on.
The sun can cause solar flares, the hottest of which can disrupt power grids.
That’s why people should always wear long sleeves and pants and keep their windows and doors closed.
But the sun also can create solar flares.
The strongest flare is a coronal mass ejection (CME), a violent outburst of solar particles that can destroy satellites and power grids, and cause a large solar storm.
The biggest solar storm in recent memory has been in April 2014, when the sun exploded with a flare that killed more than 6,000 people in China.
“A coronal event can create a big storm that is quite damaging and can be a big issue for life in the future,” said Peter Zumwalt, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
In this video from NASA, the CME was seen coming in, as it was thought to be heading straight for Earth.
But when the flare hit the Earth, it was too powerful for Earth’s atmosphere to deflect it away.
The CME would be the biggest and most powerful solar storm since the eruption of the 1908 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.