What are Some Cool Facts About Solar Flares?

The Superstorm of 1859 1 of 9

One of the biggest solar flares ever recorded was in 1859. All around the world, a bright red aurora glowed overnight. There were some interesting reactions and effects of this "superstorm": 

  • People thought the earth was on fire.
  • Telegraphs stopped working.
  • It felt like daylight in the middle of the night.
  • The night aurora lasted over an hour.