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Star on the Run

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Highly unusual, a huge star has been discovered in the Milky Way (our galaxy) that is moving at the incredible speed of 1.6 million miles per hour. Who knows, maybe it's really a Big Borg ship headed this way!





Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have recorded a massive star moving at more than 2.6 million kilometres per hour. Stars are not born with such large velocities. Its position in the sky leads to the suggestion that the star was kicked out from the Large Magellanic Cloud, providing indirect evidence for a massive black hole in the Milky Way’s closest neighbour. These results will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The full text of this ESO Press release 27/05 and the associated artist’s impression is available at Read More>>




The star is moving at 0.002% of the speed of light, which is amazing that its moving even that fraction of the Speed of light.

But because of its mass it could have been slowing down as it travel meaning it well could have been ejected from its original location at maybe 0.1% to even as fast as 1% the speed of light.    


oh no - they were right......the end IS near!

Great, we had plans for an inbound asteroid, but now a star? we''re all doomed!    

By Anonymous Nishant on 11/10/2005 06:09:00 PM

""""""" And what the hell does “At such a speed, the star would go around the Earth in less than a minute!” mean?"""""

It means that the earth is 24,000 miles around. The star could move that far in a minute. A really stupid way to describing the speed if you ask me. Very awkward speech.    

By Anonymous Eric Wilson on 11/10/2005 06:12:00 PM

imagine if we could use stars as weapons. if something is in our way, it's okay, just throw a star at it... what do you guys think?    


hmmm, i thought mass couldn't move faster than the speed of light, the whole e=mc^2 thing....    

By Anonymous Abhiroop on 11/10/2005 06:17:00 PM

Hey that's 715.11 km per second if my calculations are correct. So it is less than speed of light, sonic84. :)    


Not to rain on your parade, but a relative speed is not really that impressive.    


Circle the earth in a minute? That's not impressive. Think how much quicker it would be to go straight through...    


Vogons? No. Jon Luc Picard? No. The final season of Lost in Space on DVD? Oh Gods no.    


Looks like the Vogons are moving forward with their interstellar bypass construction...everyone got their towels?    


This one should have been titled "a shooting star, literally."    


How star can move so fast...... just imagine if all starts moving that fast then how fast planets has to move in order to stuck with star    


Whats with the use of american standard measurements! Well if it is moving at some 0.02% of C, then we can be assured that einsteins great work on mass dilation will come into reasonable effect!    


That's true    


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