The upside is that the Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - has been seen much further south than usual. These are caused by electrically-charged particles from the Sun entering the Earth's atmosphere. In the past week, auroras have descended as far down as Germany in Europe and also New York, Massachusetts and Wisconsin in the USA. There have been spectacular displays across parts of the UK with skies over much of England turning green. The colourful phenomenon was visible in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but was also spotted as far south as Anglesey and Oxfordshire.
Main sources for this article:
The Watchers - http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2016/03/06/negative-polarity-ch-hss-causes-geomagnetic-storming-on-earth/
And the BBC - http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35741589
Source for images at top of page.
Top left - http://spaceweathergallery.com/aurora_gallery.html
Top righ - Credit: Martin McKenna. Captured at Toome, N. Ireland on March 6, 2016. Image via SpaceWeather