The sun has been very active lately. Our closest star unleashed five solar eruptions in only two days last week, in fact, four of these outbursts came within a single 24-hour period. The burst produced extraordinary northern lights displays for lucky sky-watchers over the weekend.
Scientists closely monitor these events because the most powerful geomagnetic storms can disrupt satellites in orbit, cause communications interference, and damage other electronic infrastructure. But, one of the less harmful effects of geomagnetic storms is that they can amp up normal displays of Earth's auroras (also known as the northern and southern lights).
So far we haven’t heard about any interruption, but if the sun continues to remain acive, we may have to temporarily do without some services.