The Earth in currently being bombarded by high energy particles unleashed by the strongest solar storm since 2005 according to scientists.  The charged particles are mostly a concern for satellites and astronauts.  They can also cause big problems for those flying around the areas of the earth's poles.  The geomagnetic storm was caused by a flare on the Sun that happened at some point on Monday.  The effects have been stirring up problems most of the day today, and if you are lucky enough to be in a place to watch the "Northern Lights," there will be a dramatic display in store tonight.

Solar flares are caused by the sudden release of magnetic energy stored in the Sun's atmosphere.

In an event called a coronal mass ejection (CME), bursts of charged particles are released into space.