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By Neelam Kumar

Nasa’s Kepler space telescope has provided fresh insight on the colossal explosions that can afflict some stars.

These enormous releases of magnetic energy – known as superflares – could damage the atmosphere of a nearby orbiting planet, putting at risk any lifeforms that might reside there. The US space agency telescope is currently looking at 100,000 stars in a patch of sky about 600 to 3,000 light-years from Earth.

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