Scientists Spot Largest Flare Ever Recorded From Sun's Nearest Neighbor Proxima Centauri

Scientists have spotted one of the largest stellar flares ever recorded in our galaxy. Jets of plasma shot outward from the sun's nearest neighbor, the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. The flare, was around 100 times more powerful than any experienced in our solar system. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf, the smallest, dimmest and most common type of main sequence stars in the galaxy; located approximately 4.25 light-years from the earth. Its mass is only one-eighth of the sun's, and it is orbited by two exoplanets. Stellar flares are the result of a star's strong magnetic fields. These fields, which are created by large amounts of plasma, can get twisted together and suddenly snap back into place to release an enormous amount of energy in the form of radiation, kind of like firing an elastic band at someone with your fingers. The flare on Proxima Centauri was extremely powerful compared with those emitted by the sun. Unlike flares from the sun, this one also emitted different kinds of radiation. In particular, it produced a huge surge of ultraviolet light and radio waves, known as 'millimeter radiation'. https://www.livescience.com/proxima-centauri-emits-largest-stellar-flare.html ............................................................................ #space #science #nature #education #news

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