Fastest Star Ever Seen Will Escape from the Galaxy

March 5, 2015 9:20 PM

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Fastest Star Ever Seen Will Escape from the Galaxy

The compact star US 708 hasn’t had an easy life. Paired with a domineering partner, 708’s mass was siphoned away, reducing it to a dense, helium-filled core.

But 708 didn’t go quietly into the night. Instead, scientists believe the feeding frenzy ended in a supernova explosion that catapulted the ravaged remains with such force it’s leaving the galaxy. Fast.

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