Telescope atop Maunakea observes massive stellar flare

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

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. (Courtesy photo/WILLIAM MONTGOMERIE)

HILO — 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.