Sun-like stars spotted ejecting huge bursts of matter into space

The sun and other similar stars release coronal mass ejections

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More stars than ever before have been observed ejecting huge bursts of electrically charged particles into space. Learning more about the behaviour will be important for understanding whether planets orbiting the stars are potentially habitable or not.

Stars like our sun are known to produce coronal mass ejections, huge eruptions of electrically charged particles from the outer atmosphere caused by instabilities in the star’s magnetic field. They are often associated with solar flares, flashes of light resulting from the explosive…



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