Updated: Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012, 7:04 AM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012, 7:03 AM CDT
(CNN/NASA) - Some intergalactic fireworks for your 4th of July enjoyment.
These amazing images from the sun's surface show a solar flare so powerful it disrupted radio communications over Europe.
It also sent electrically-charged particles shooting into space that just might sweep past Earth's magnetic field in time to spark some auroral fireworks.