The Science Times reports that Proxima Centauri's biggest solar flare yet is raising questions about whether or not its two planets host extra-terrestrial life. The flare, which is one of the largest ever recorded in the Milky Way galaxy, also emitted a ton of radio waves and different types of radiation.
The solar flare was also roughly 100 times more powerful than anything we've experienced in our own solar system, writes Space.com. Proxima Centauri's flare, however, wasn't visible to the human eye as it shone in ultraviolet light. But when the researchers observed it under UV wavelengths, they found that it brightened the star roughly 14,000 times in mere seconds.
The power of Proxima Centauri's flare, however, could make life really hard for extra-terrestrial life to live close to the star.
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