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If Usain Bolt were a star — of the astronomical type — he’d be star S0-102, which sprints around the Milky Way’s central black hole with the fastest time yet. It takes just 11.5 years for S0-102 to orbit the supermassive cosmic drain, astronomers report in the Oct. 5 Science
Spotted using the Keck telescope in Hawaii, S0-102 dethrones another stellar sprinter called S0-2, which takes a comparatively pokey 16 years to orbit the black hole
It’s not in danger of being sucked in . But it is getting close enough that in principle, we can see the impact of the curvature of spacetime on its orbit