James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), based out of Hawaii, spotted a stellar flare of 10 billions of times more powerful than those on the Sun. This discovery is of great significance for scientists as they can now shed more light on how the Sun and planets born, as well as on how the stars form.
“A discovery of this magnitude could have only happened in Hawaii. Using the JCMT, we study the birth of nearby stars as a means of understanding the history of our very own solar system. Observing flares around the youngest stars is new territory, and it is giving us key insights into the physical conditions of these systems. This is one of the ways we are working toward answering people’s most enduring questions about space, time, and the universe that surrounds us,” explained Steve Mairs, one of the astronomers of the team that spotted the stellar flare.
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Spotted A Stellar Flare By 10 Billions of Times More Powerful Than Solar Flares of Our Sun
The powerful 1,500-year-old stellar flare was identified by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope’s Transient Survey team by employing the telescope’s high-end, high-frequency radio technology and sophisticated image analysis methods. The massive stellar flare might have been caused by a disruption in the intense magnetic field that’s emitting material over a young, developing star which is still gaining mass from its vicinity. The event occurred in the Orion Nebula, the nearest star-forming region to Earth.
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope is the most massive telescope in the northern hemisphere, and it’s the only one that can make such discoveries. “The stellar flare observation was made as part of a monthly tracking program from researchers from around the world who use the JCMT to observe nearly 1,000 nearby stars in the earliest stages of their formation,” Phys.Org reported.
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