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Message Subject OMG, it's NOT A BROWN DWARF!!! IT'S MUCH WORSE!!
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If it was 1979 it would have been this one.

"SGR 1900+14, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Aquila. After a long period of low emissions (significant bursts only in 1979 and 1993) it became active in May–August 1998, and a burst detected on August 27, 1998 was of sufficient power to force NEAR Shoemaker to shut down to prevent damage and to saturate instruments on BeppoSAX, WIND and RXTE. On May 29, 2008, NASA's Spitzer telescope discovered a ring of matter around this magnetar. It is thought that this ring formed in the 1998 burst.[15]"

Strong enough to play hell with satellites and probes, but not really going to affect the planet that much. Still pretty impressive considering that it is 20,000 light years away.
 
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