Star is on the run

UK astronomers have clocked a runaway star speeding at an incredible 1.6MILLION miles an hour through space.
They believe it was kicked out of the Large Magellanic Cloud – the closest galaxy to our own Milky Way – by a massive black hole.
Scientists from the University of Hertfordshire spotted the star with German colleagues from the University of Erlangen-N├╝rnberg, using the European Very Large Telescope in Chile.
Astronomer Uli Heber said: “At such a speed, the star would go around the Earth in less than a minute!”


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By Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland has been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. He writes regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy, plus he has authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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