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Surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' discovered escaping the galaxy

January 9, 2014

location of the new class of hypervelocity stars An international team of astronomers has discovered a surprising new class of "hypervelocity stars"--solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy. Full Story

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