View Full Version : Powerful Flare Seen on a Distant Star

2005-Sep-09, 01:55 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers have had plenty of time to observe the fluctuations of the Sun, but until now, it's been unclear if other stars go through the same cycles. But new data gathered by the ESA's XMM-Newton X-Ray Observatory has found a similar cycle of radiation in a distant star. The X-ray brightness of HD 81809, located 90 light-years away in the constellation of Hydra, has varied 10 times over the past 2 and a half years, reaching a well defined peak in mid 2002 - just like the Sun's 11 year cycle of sunspot activity.

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