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02/21/2020

Scientists observe giant X-ray flare from a tiny star

Tübingen astrophysicist involved in the interpretation of a so far unique discovery

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

See detailed press release:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/universitaet/aktuelles-und-publikationen/attempto-online/newsfullview-attempto/article/scientists-observe-giant-x-ray-flare-from-a-tiny-star/

Link to ESA press release:

http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/XMM-Newton_reveals_giant_flare_from_a_tiny_star

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