The solar storm is expected to reach Earth later today
The magnetic storm, the largest in five years, has led to a ‘massive amount of solar particles heading towards Earth’, the Met Office also confirmed.
Commenting on the potential disruption caused by the explosion on the surface of the Sun, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), a spokesman for the Met Office said: ‘Part of our role is to advise the government and relevant industries about the potential impact of events such as this, so we have advised the aviation and energy industries.
‘Airlines may re-route planes from near the polar regions as that is where the storm would be most intense and the National Grid could also be affected, but they will take action to limit any risk.
The magnetic storm is believed to be the largest in five years (Pic: PA/Nasa)
‘It should arrive some time this morning and last through the day. In terms of what that means from the public's point of view, there's an increased chance of aurora borealis or Northern Lights being seen if conditions are right and the skies are clear.’
A statement from Nasa said the two bursts of solar wind heading towards Earth were travelling at 1,300 miles per second and 1,100 miles per second respectively.
The solar storm is expected to last until the end of the week, with Nasa confirming it was monitoring situation and had determined that, at present, the storm was not a concern for the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station.