Giant white-light flares on fully convective stars occur at high latitudes
- 1. Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam
- 2. Dartmouth College
- 3. University of Colorado Boulder
- 4. University of Washington
- 5. nstituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
In a systematic analysis of late M dwarfs observed with TESS, we detected four stars with giant flares that were modulated in brightness by the stars' rapid rotation. Using the shape of the modulated curve we could localize these flares between 55° and 81° latitude on the stellar surface, far higher than typical solar flare latitudes.