A strong geomagnetic storm that was racing from the Sun hit the Earth Thursday without any noticeable effect.

Scientists say that five or six much more powerful solar storms could be expected in next 18 months.

According to an astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire, the Sun is on the ascendant phase of its 11-year cycle of solar activity, with the peak expected next year, Harlan Spence said. It's a clear harbinger that the Sun is waking up.

The sun actually goes through an 11-year cycle, so it has period of high activity and low activity. And we're just ramping up now to a period of high activity. Although this storm hasn't caused any damage, there are more to come and they could be more powerful, scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock told The Telegraph.

Although this storm hasn't caused any damage, there are more to come and they could be more powerful, he said.

Check out the images of solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejection and Southern Lights, taken from the space.

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