The sun recently released its largest flare in nearly 20 years, following intense solar storms that caused the northern lights to appear in unusual locations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported this flare as the biggest in the current 11-year solar cycle, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and rated X8.7—the strongest since 2005. Bryan Brasher from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center indicated it might be even stronger upon further analysis. Fortunately, Earth should not be affected as the flare erupted from a part of the sun turning away it. Prior solar activity, including flares and coronal mass ejections, had threatened power and communications on Earth and in space. A recent coronal mass ejection seemed directed away from Earth, pending further analysis. Over the weekend, a geomagnetic storm caused a NASA satellite to enter safe mode due to its reduced altitude. At the International Space Station, astronauts were advised to stay in well-shielded areas, though NASA confirmed they were never in danger. These events highlight the importance of monitoring space weather and understanding its impacts on Earth and space activities.