08/11/2011 12:04 GMT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Sunspot That Spawned Giant Solar Flare Captured By Nasa

Nasa has captured a stunning photo of a sun spot that created a giant solar flare on Thursday, disrupting radio communication back here on Earth.

The flare has been classed as X1.9, making it among the most powerful the sun can make.

Nasa officials said the eruption happened at 8.27pm GMT and "triggered some disruption to radio communications on Earth beginning about 45 minutes later,"

The statement added: "Scientists are continuing to watch this active region as it could well produce additional solar activity as it passes across the front of the sun."

The picture was captured by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory.