Barnard's Star, the second nearest star system to the Sun, spewed a large
flare that increased its brightness, say astronomers. The discovery is a
surprise: the star should be sedate, because it's an old red dwarf.

"The star would be fantastic for amateurs to observe."

The full story is at http://KenCroswell.com/BarnardsFlare.html .

Meanwhile, last week's big story about the distance to the Andromeda Galaxy
is at http://KenCroswell.com/AndromedaDistance.html .

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