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‘Superflare’ By Our Sun Could Disrupt Life on Earth

Our sun is a stormy place with frequent flares, but according to new research, we may have yet to see just how violent a star like the sun could be. Writing in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, researchers at the University of Warwick say they’ve observed a “superflare” on a distant binary star in the Milky Way galaxy. Superflares, researchers say, are thousands of times more powerful than what we have come to know as "standard” solar flares. Those enormous bursts of energy...

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