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Massive flare recorded from Proxima Centauri, our star next door – CNET

For a brief moment, the dim red dwarf star Proxima Centauri burned thousands of times brighter with ultraviolet radiation.

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Artist’s conception of a violent flare erupting from the star Proxima Centauri.
Credit: NRAO/S. Dagnello
Astronomers around the world have spotted one of the most powerful stellar flares ever seen in our galaxy exploding off Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighboring star. 
“The star went from normal to 14,000 times brighter when seen in ultraviolet wavelengths over the span of a few seconds,” explains astrophysics assistant professor Meredith MacGregor of the University of Colorado-Boulder, in…

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