What you have just witnessed are the ongoing, massive events unfolding on the surface of our Sun. These events are being driven by convulsions in the Sun's magnetic field, which throw out coronal mass ejections: clouds of ionised gas and plasma weighing billions of tons, into the outer reaches of the Solar System. This activity will accelerate in the coming months: with bigger, and more violent events, becoming more frequent. The acceleration will continue until the Solar Maximum: which has been predicted to arrive at the end of this year, has been reached and passed. It is unlikely that Planet Earth will survive this bombardment completely unscathed.