Astronomers chase fastest star ever detected

Astronomers in Chile are tracing the fastest star ever detected — and it’s zipping around a black hole in the Milky Way at 18 million miles an hour.

The accelerating star, S2, is 15 times larger than the sun and is traveling in an egg-shaped orbit around Earth’s galaxy, according to the Sunday Times of London.

Because the star creeps so close to the black hole’s enormous gravitational force, it could reach speeds up to 2.5 percent of the speed of light, and might help confirm parts of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a Paranal Observatory spokesman said.


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