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James Clerk Maxwell Telescope discovers flare 10 billion times more powerful than those on the sun
Phys.org - James Clerk Maxwell Telescope ^ | February 12, 2019

Posted on 02/12/2019 11:03:40 AM PST by ETL

The Hawaii-based James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) has discovered a stellar flare 10 billion times more powerful than the Sun's solar flares, a history-making discovery that could unlock decades-old questions about the origin of our own Sun and planets, giving insight into how these celestial bodies were born.

"A discovery of this magnitude could have only happened in Hawaii," said Dr. Steve Mairs, astronomer and lead investigator of the team that discovered the .

"Using the JCMT, we study the birth of nearby 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."

The JCMT Transient Survey team recorded the 1,500-year-old flare using the telescope's state-of the art high-frequency radio technology and sophisticated image analysis techniques.

Identified by astronomer Dr. Steve Mairs, the original data was obtained using the JCMT's supercooled camera known as "SCUBA-2," which is kept at a frigid -459.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The flare is thought to be caused by a disruption in an intense magnetic field actively funneling material onto a young, growing star as it gains mass from its surroundings.

The event occurred in one of the nearest star-forming regions to the Earth, the Orion Nebula. It lasted only a matter of hours.

Located near the summit of Maunakea, the JCMT is the largest and only telescope in the capable of making this type of .

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.

Explore further: The JCMT celebrates 25 years on top of the world

More information: Steve Mairs et al. The JCMT Transient Survey: An Extraordinary Submillimeter Flare in the T Tauri Binary System JW 566, The Astrophysical Journal (2019). DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaf3b1

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1 posted on 02/12/2019 11:03:40 AM PST by ETL
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Some examples of solar flares (and/or coronal mass ejections?) on the Sun...



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2 posted on 02/12/2019 11:04:33 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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3 posted on 02/12/2019 11:07:49 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: ETL

Political joke in 4, ... 3, ... 2, ...


4 posted on 02/12/2019 11:23:36 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus (<img src=(;.()))
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To: ETL

God created the Heavens and the Earth, the rest is just mental masturbation...


5 posted on 02/12/2019 11:35:26 AM PST by 100American (Knowledge is knowing how, Wisdom is knowing when)
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To: ETL

Your posts are information and images dense, and always interesting. I don’t know how you find the time to be so prolific. The forum sparkles because of you. Thank you.


6 posted on 02/12/2019 11:41:16 AM PST by sparklite2 (Don't mind me. I'm just a contrarian.)
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To: sparklite2

Just how does this effect Uranus? Enquiring minds want to know...


7 posted on 02/12/2019 11:51:59 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: ETL
They should name it the "Trump Flare"


8 posted on 02/12/2019 11:54:31 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Marxism: Trendy theory, wrong species)
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To: hal ogen

When, and it will, Uranus flares up, then you’ll know why it’s called a gas giant.


9 posted on 02/12/2019 11:56:23 AM PST by sparklite2 (Don't mind me. I'm just a contrarian.)
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To: ETL
James Clerk Maxwell

Absent Maxwell for history and Nikola Tesla would have never discovered AC and Einstein would have remained an unknown postal clerk.

10 posted on 02/12/2019 12:02:47 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: 100American

In my college biology text the intro gave about 10 examples of just how perfect aligned our earth, moon, and sun are for us to survive here. It did mention that chance was impossible. Kind of takes your breath away.


11 posted on 02/12/2019 12:16:48 PM PST by huldah1776 ( Vote Pro-life! Allow God to bless America before He avenges the death of the innocent.)
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To: ETL

In order to save the galaxy from climate change
all carbon use must be heavily taxed! It's the only way
to stop climate change on earth and in our only galaxy --
Mother Milky Way.
12 posted on 02/12/2019 12:18:44 PM PST by StormEye
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To: ETL

Gonna need more tinfoil.


13 posted on 02/12/2019 12:41:04 PM PST by sphinx
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To: sparklite2

You’re very welcome. Glad you enjoy the posts. :)


14 posted on 02/13/2019 7:05:07 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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