NASA's Swift Spots Mega Flares from Tiny Exploding Red Dwarf (VIDEO)

October 1, 2014 2:04 PM

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NASA's Swift satellite has officially detected the strongest, hottest and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever spotted from a nearby dwarf star. The record-setting series of explosions were as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded and now, scientists are taking a closer look at the resulting data.

"We used to think major flaring episodes from red dwarfs lasted no more than a day, but Swift detected at least seven powerful eruptions over a period of about two weeks," said Stephen Drake, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in a news release. "This was a very complex event."

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