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09/07/2012 03:28 BST | Updated 07/09/2012 06:12 BST

Massive 'X Class' Solar Flare Bursts From Sun, Causing Radio Blackouts (VIDEO)

The Sun has erupted with a series of massive solar flares which have caused 'radio blackouts' around the world.

The most powerful flare erupted on Saturday morning, according to Nasa and Space.com.

The solar storm hit just after 12 midnight UK time, when an X1.1 solar flare fired out of the AR1515 sunspot.

The flare erupted from a solar storm more than 118,680 miles across.

The X1.1 is one of the strongest known types of solar flare, and it caused a radio blackout on high and low level frequencies.

Nasa explained: "Earth's magnetosphere also underwent a minor geomagnetic storm on the evening of July 6 in response to relatively slow coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that have erupted from other regions on the sun since July 4."

A solar flare caused by the release of magnetic energy from sunspots, and is seen in the form of a huge burst of radiation.

"Flares are our solar system's largest explosive events," Nasa said. "They are seen as bright areas on the sun and they can last from minutes to hours. We typically see a solar flare by the photons (or light) it releases, at most every wavelength of the spectrum. The primary ways we monitor flares are in x-rays and optical light. Flares are also sites where particles (electrons, protons, and heavier particles) are accelerated."

Take a look at the flare erupt in the video, above.