Telescope atop Maunakea observes massive stellar flare

  • Photo by WILLIAM MONTGOMERIE The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA An artist’s rendering of a disk of dusty, gaseous material that forms around young stars.

A Maunakea telescope observing distant stars detected a stellar flare estimated to be 10 billion times more powerful than any solar flare from our sun.