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Superfast star spotted orbiting Milky Way’s black hole

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posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 09:52 PM
Scientists have found a superfast star , S0-102 , orbiting the supermassive cosmic drain , Black hole. It was spotted using the Keck telescope in Hawaii .

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

Link :’s_black_hole
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posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 10:26 PM

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posted on Oct, 10 2012 @ 03:47 PM
I can't wait till 2018 when the Star will be at the crossing point of the black hole and finally get more clues about how matter will react near it !

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