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BO Microscopii

This relatively young sunlike star rotates very fast, which gave it the nickname 'Speedy Mic'. On it for the first time the source of a flare was localized. The location of the flare, which was 100 times stronger than a large solar flare, surprisingly does not correspond to the star's spots.

Constellation: Microscopium
Distance: 150 light-years
Spectral class: K0V
Visual magnitude: 9.44

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12/21/2007

    BO Microscopii
The blue circle marks the souce of the flare, aside from the spots.
Graphic: ESO

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