Solar flare (orange), which burst from the sun's surface on Sunday

By Claire

Despite what the gloomy layer of cloud sitting above Canberra today might lead you to think, the sun is still out there somewhere, and it’s very much alive.

Recent solar flare activity on the sun’s surface will possibly cause disruptions to power grids, GPS and satellites. This huge burst of electromagnetic energy is also likely to lead to an expansion of the aurora borealis and aurora australis. Unfortunately, bad weather means that people in Hobart will not likely be able to see the southern lights.

The sun is becoming increasingly active as part of it’s natural 11 year sun spot cycle, which is due to peak in 2013.

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