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Superflares Found On Sun-Like Stars 50

astroengine writes "Scientists have found superflares more than 1 million times more powerful than flares generated by the sun occurring on sun-like stars being studied by NASA's Kepler space telescope. The finding, culled from 120 days of observations of 83,000 stars, is the first to detail how often and how energetic flares on other stars can be. The discovery, however, raises a question about how the massive outbursts, believed to be caused by complex magnetic interactions, can physically occur."
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Superflares Found On Sun-Like Stars

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @08:19PM (#40023563)

    Who would have thought that there's ionized hydrogen in space doing stuff that's magnetic in nature!

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  • by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @08:22PM (#40023585) Homepage

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  • $35 bucks!? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @09:42PM (#40024143)

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 16, 2012 @09:43PM (#40024151)

    Noooooo, can't you see it's ELECTRICAL in nature?! It's a massive cover-up by MHD supremacists! #TEACHTHECONTROVERSY

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