n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Pipsqueak star unleashes monster flare : news notes

Volume 67, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



On 25 April 2008, NASA's Swift satellite picked up the brightest flare ever seen, found to come from a star emitting only one percent of the Sun's light and having only a third of the Sun's mass. This flare was thousands of times more powerful than the greatest observed solar flare.

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