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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sun flares

Evidence that our Sun could release ‘superflares’ 1000x greater than previously recorded
December 2, 2015

SUN_B & BORDER: What the Sun might look like if it were to produce a superflare. A large flaring coronal loop structure is shown towering over a solar active region (credit: University of Warwick/Ronald Warmington) 
Could release energy equivalent to a billion megaton bombs, potentially disastrous for life on Earth
Astrophysicists have discovered a stellar “superflare” on a star observed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope with wave patterns similar to those that have been observed in the Sun’s solar flares. (Superflares are flares that are thousands of times more powerful than those ever recorded on the Sun, and are frequently observed on some stars.) The … more…

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