Swift mission observes mega flares from a mini star

October 1, 2014 6:06 PM

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Swift mission observes mega flares from a mini star

On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.

"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 from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "This was a very complex event."

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