Astronomers Observe Superflare on Nearby Red Dwarf AD Leonis

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A team of astronomers in Japan has detected 12 stellar flares, including a so-called superflare, on AD Leonis, an M-dwarf star located just 16 light-years away in the constellation of Leo.

“Stellar flares are sudden explosions that emanate from the surfaces of stars, including our own Sun,” said lead author Dr. Kosuke Namekata, a researcher in the Department of Astronomy at Kyoto University.
“On rare occasions, extremely large superflares will occur. They result in massive magnetic storms, which when emitted from our Sun can significantly affect the Earth’s technological infrastructure.” Sci-News Reports.

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