NASA Shares Incredible Photo of First Big Solar Flare of 2015

The year got off to a blazing start.

— -- We're barely halfway through January and the year has already gotten off to a blazing start.

While powerful bursts of particles and radiation may seem worrisome, the flares generally cannot pass through Earth's magnetosphere and atmosphere.

A perfect storm of particles and intense radiation however can impact satellite and radio transmissions and cause flights to be re-routed due to the changes the energy can create in Earth's magnetic field.