On July 28, 2012, our sun emitted a mid-level flare which was subsequently categorized as an M6.2 by NASA scientists.
The strongest solar radiation storm to hit the Earth since 2005 is set to peak this morning.
NASA's explained - with some weariness, one imagines - that next year really isn't going to see the release of any massive solar flares which could destroy the Earth.
The biggest solar flare in four years has blasted out from the sun, and is expected to reach Earth late tonight.
'Citizen scientists' have discovered that a major solar storm is to hit the Earth today.