Huge radiation burst from the Sun

Last updated at 07:05
Solar flare

The Sun has unleashed its most powerful eruption of 2013 so far.

The solar flare - a sudden release of radiation - happened at 17:05pm on Monday.

When these eruptions reach Earth, they can interfere with electronic systems in satellites and those on the ground.

Nasa said this solar explosion - known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) - was not directed at Earth, but it could pass several US spacecraft.

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