EARTH is being blasted by a flare soaring from a hole in the sun's atmosphere – and it's bringing huge geomagnetic storms with it.
The super-fast stream of solar wind hit the Earth’s magnetic field just in time for the winter solstice on Wednesday.
And it's whipped up a "moderately" strong geomagnetic storm that could last for several days, according to the US' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
There is, however, a bright side:
It's good news for Aurora watchers, as the long nights mean more time to watch the incredible plumes of colour across the northern hemisphere.
If you live in Canada, Alaska, Siberia or northern Europe, and there aren't too many clouds, there could be a show above you tonight. Meanwhile, read the full story about the sun at The Sun.