Solar storms, caused by eruptions on the sun’s surface, send deadly solar particles hurtling towards Earth.
At high altitudes, such as those encountered by commercial flights and space stations, these cosmic rays could be killer.
Experts believe a big enough flare could wipe out satellites and power lines, bringing an end to modern civilisation as we know it as electronic devices are rendered useless.
In the document he writes: “Extreme space weather events – those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure – could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation.
“Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.
“Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.”
“Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.”
Obama has given several government agencies just six months to come up with a plan to predict and prevent these solar events.
As part of the plan, NASA has been tasked with creating a research program to “understand the sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system”.
It comes after the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned of a monster solar flare heading towards Earth last week.
Prolonged exposure to solar radiation can cause cancer and other chronic diseases in the most extreme cases.
Ben Davidson, founder of natural disaster monitor Observatory Project, told Daily Star Online solar storms can even trigger earthquakes in extreme cases.
He said that peer reviewed studies show monster earthquakes are more likely to happen when solar winds from the sun are at their strongest.