Dec 24, 2018

Astronomers spot baby star emitting huge flare in a stellar ‘tantrum’

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Astronomers have spotted a monstrous stellar flare coming from a baby star 685 light-years away that’s estimated to be 10,000 times larger than any such event emitted by our sun.

Experts say the stellar ‘tantrum’ could provide a window into the birth of potentially habitable exoplanets, revealing how huge events shake up the material orbiting distant stars.

The M-type star is just 2 million years old, meaning it has yet to reach the size at which it will remain for most of its life.

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