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Nearest Bright 'Hypervelocity Star' Found

May 7, 2014

artist's conception of a hypervelocity star 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

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