THIS incredible image shows a huge solar flare exploding out of the sun with such extreme force that it is threatening to knock-out power supplies on earth.
The spectacular explosion unleashed a wave of radiation hurtling 92MILLION miles across space towards us.
The blast - the largest solar flare witnessed in five years - is expected to cause a massive geomagnetic storm when it reaches earth.
This solar activity could cause some disruption in power grids, satellites that operate global positioning systems and other devices, and may lead to some re-routing of flights over the polar regions.
The storm could last for as long as 24 hours.
NASA's solar dynamics observatory captured the massive solar flare early this morning - and effects are expected to be felt on earth at around 7pm this evening.
Bill Murtagh, from the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Centre, said:
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