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Pipsqueak Star Unleashes Monster Flare

Pipsqueak Star Unleashes Monster Flare

On April 25th, 2008, NASA’s Swift satellite picked up the brightest flare ever seen from a normal star other than our Sun. The flare, an explosive release of energy, packed the power of thousands of solar flares theoretically, was visible ...

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Swift Catches Exploding Star

Swift Catches Exploding Star

NASA’s scientists recently used the Swift Satellite in order to see a star explode and become a supernova. Although over the past 100 years astronomers have observed thousands of supernovas, every time it was seen, it was only after the ...

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Massive Solar Flare on a Nearby Star

Massive Solar Flare on a Nearby Star

The image shows a typical solar flare from our sun, captured in September 2005 in the X-ray waveband by NASA’s TRACE satellite. A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun’s atmosphere that occurs when energy stored in twisted magnetic ...

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