What are solar flares and how do they affect electronic equipment?

Sun flares are massive explosions on the sun with enough force to burn through the upper layer of Earth’s protective atmosphere.

The flares are magnetic, so Earth’s magnetic field is able to protect us from the huge amount of heat and energy.

However, the flares can still manage to disrupt activity on Earth’s surface for minutes or hours at a time, by scrambling radio, TV, phone, and other signals.

But it’s not just modern human stuff that’s affected, —the jolt of magnetism is enough to throw off the navigational ability of some birds and sea animals and disrupt the growth of some plants.