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Astronomers Discover Massive Star Moving At 1.5 million MPH

 
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Astronomers Discover Massive Star Moving At 1.5 million MPH
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Star is observed moving at 1.5M mph

GARCHING, Germany, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory´s Very Large Telescope have recorded a massive star moving at more than 1.5 million mph.

Since stars are not born with such large velocities, its position suggests it was ejected from the Large Magellanic Cloud, perhaps by a massive black hole in the Milky Way´s closest neighbor.

"At such a speed, the star would go around the Earth in less than a minute," said Uli Heber, one of the scientists at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, and Britain´s Center for Astrophysics Research at the University of Hertfordshire, who conducted the study.

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Re: Astronomers Discover Massive Star Moving At 1.5 million MPH
By cosmic standards thats not surprising!
If by chance you were on a planet orbiting that star you would feel nothing of the movement.
Much like being on an airplane going 300 mph,
you really dont feel much.
We actually do the same here on earth (though not quite that fast).

Earth orbits the sun at X speed and the sun orbits the galatic center at X speed. The two
speeds square each other so we on earth move through space at about 500,000 mph.
The eggheads at MIT and JPL can explain it better than I can.





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