Scientists at NASA have captured footage of solar flares that caused communication devices to stop working on Tuesday, and they’ve suggested that things could get worse on Friday.

A statement on the NOAA website said: “Impacts from this activity were short lived and affected HF communications for the daylit side of Earth at the time of the flare.”

A CME associated with the activity yesterday morning has been observed moving at a flank from Earth and a glancing blow to Earth from this event is expected on June 13.”

Well, just what is a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)? It releases massive amounts of radiation that can play havoc with GPS devices, broadcasters, aviators and weather stations.

However, there’s no need to panic – the radiation won’t touch us on the ground. Crack on with that barbie…

Image credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard