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Nearest Bright 'Hypervelocity Star' Found
May 7, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.An NSF-funded astronomy research team discovered a "hypervelocity star" that is the closest, second-brightest and among the largest of 20 found so far. Speeding at more than 1 million miles-per-hour, the star may provide clues about the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way and the halo of mysterious "dark matter" surrounding the galaxy, astronomers say.Full Story
University of Utah
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