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

The dim red dwarf star burned thousands of times brighter with ultraviolet radiation for a brief moment.



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Artist’s conception of a violent flare erupting from the star Proxima Centauri.
Credit: NRAO/S. Dagnello
Astronomers from around the world have spotted one of the most powerful stellar flares ever seen in our galaxy exploding off our nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri.
“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,…

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