- a dwarf star that exhibits sudden increases of magnitude similar to solar flares.
Origin of flare star
First recorded in 1950–55
Also called UV Ceti star.
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- a red dwarf star in which outbursts, thought to be analogous to solar flares, occur, increasing the luminosity by several magnitudes in a few minutes
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- A variable star that sporadically displays sudden increases in brightness, sometimes becoming six times as bright in a matter of only a few minutes, after which it gradually fades back to its normal brightness. The cause of this phenomenon is thought to be an event similar to a solar flare, but on a more intense scale with a much higher emission of x-rays.
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