# Solar flare
The Giant Sunspot Risks Blasting Earth With Powerful Solar Flares
The Sun has been rather active this year, but it’s about to get a whole lot more explosive. A massive sunspot on the surface of the sun has quickly developed over the past few days and now threatens to launch solar flares capable of causing significant disruption to satellite communications and power grids here on Earth. A huge solar flare was launched from this region back in 2014, so it’s worth paying attention to what happens here as we head towards solar maximum over the next few years.
Solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms hit the Earth on February 9th and 10th
According to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences (CESS), a solar explosion was observed on the Sun, on February 6th. "Earth is set to be hit by a fresh solar eruption on Wednesday and Thursday, that could trigger a geomagnetic storm", researchers have said.
Solar flares have surrounded the sun giving rise to coronal mass ejections
Multiple eruptions were seen on the sun’s surface last month, the most notable being a couple of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Though these eruptions were not towards the Earth, the ejections were strong enough to send waves through space and reach the Earth’s atmosphere. This may cause small geomagnetic storms on our planet’s surface; however, they may take several days to get to Earth.