According to NASA, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 1:23 p.m. Rockford time (Central) on June 22, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Here's what could happen next.

 

Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans. They can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

NASA Photo

According to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, the U.S. government's official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings states June 23 the disturbances in our communications will begin.