Ultra Fast Suns Race Across Milky Way at 2 Million MPH

By | February 17, 2013

New discovery: Hypervelocity stars hurtle outwards from the centre of the galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is thought to generate the forces to eject them across the universeSix stars with masses similar to our own Sun have been spotted hurtling through the Milky Way at phenomenal speeds of up to two million miles per hour, new research claims.

Astronomers say these ‘hypervelocity stars’ – the first of their kind to be discovered – could have been ejected from the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s centre.

They say their discovery could answer questions about how stars form in the dust-shrouded galactic core, 26,000 light years from us.

New discovery: Hypervelocity stars hurtle outwards from the centre of the galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is thought to generate the forces to eject them across the universe

According to a new theory, these cosmic speed demons were originally part of binary systems which formed there but were thrown from the galactic centre when the black hole devoured their twins, Space.com reports. …

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