Solar flare looks like intergalactic fireworks

July 4, 2012 5:38:48 PM PDT
Here are some intergalactic fireworks for your Fourth of July enjoyment.

Take a look at this these amazing images from the sun's surface.

They show a solar flare so powerful it disrupted radio communications over Europe.

It also sent electrically-charged particles shooting into space that just might spark some auroras in the earth's magnetic field.