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    Proxima Centauri’s Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life

    Proxima Centauri’s Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life, the star closest to our Sun, is a red dwarf star, like most of the stars in the galaxy. But a huge solar flare has been discovered recently emitting from it. This is a dangerous phenomenon, and researchers claim that if aliens live on planets near that star, they are having a bad time now.

    Proxima Centauri’s Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life

    Proxima Centauri's Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life
    The stellar flare from Proxima Centauri is one of the biggest discoveries from the galaxy.

     

    A solar flare, sometimes called a stellar flare, is a phenomenon where a star emits excessive energy all of a sudden due to the magnetic fields of the star’s body. The magnetic field reacts with the electrically charged gas and sends out huge amounts of energy in a matter of seconds. Proxima Centauri has emitted a huge stellar flare. The energy was within the ultraviolet wavelength, so only UV-sensitive devices and telescopes caught the effect.

    Stellar flares are not uncommon. Our Sun emits stellar flares too. But this flare is one of the biggest flares discovered in the galaxy. The Proxima Centauri flare was almost a hundred times powerful than the Sun’s, causing the star to glow almost 1400 times brighter in the UV range. This happened within a few seconds.

    How Does It Affect Life?

    Proxima Centauri's Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life
    Proxima Centauri planets may still hold life forms, but they will be considerably different from those on Earth.

     

    Stellar flares are dangerous for living beings. They are mostly harmful ultraviolet radiation, so species like humans or any life forms living on Earth will have a devastating effect of such a huge flare. With such flares frequently emitting out from the star, there cannot be any atmosphere in the planets orbiting Proxima Centauri. However, researchers d not rule out the possibility of life forms on those planets. They just think the alien life and living will be considerably different from ours.

    It needs to be mentioned that such solar flares are not at all uncommon. Red dwarfs emit such flares often, and sometimes, several times a day. Researchers are now eyeing other stellar flares and compare them with the Proxima Centauri. Also, this gives them a new idea for investigating alien life forms. The study was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

    Proxima Centauri

    Proxima Centauri's Huge Solar Flare can destroy Alien Life
    Proxima Centauri is the nearest star to the Sun and houses planets similar to Earth in its system.

     

    The star in discussion is the nearest star to our Sun. It is located at a distance of 4.25 light-years from Earth. The star is eight times smaller than the Sun and is a red dwarf. Red dwarfs are known to be long-surviving and cooler than the blue super-giants. The sun has a lot of planets moving around it, including the Proxima Centauri b, which has similarities with Earth. However, the stellar flares discovered recently have changed the views of the researchers regarding the expectation of life forms there.

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    Arinjay Ghoshhttp://www.sebastianwillman.co.in
    I am an engineering student in Kolkata, and a passionate author. I love to write stories, design games and program websites in my free time. I believe there is nothing better in the world than the amalgamation of science and artwork.

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