superflare (IMAGE) University of Washington Caption Small stars flare actively and expel particles that can alter and evaporate the atmospheres of planets in their orbit. New findings suggest that large superflares tend to originate at high latitudes, sparing planets that orbit around the stellar equator. Credit Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam/J. Fohlmeister Usage Restrictions Must include credit License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.