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Star pushed to the end of the Milky Way by a black hole

Star pushed to the end of the Milky Way by a black hole
The Siliconreview
13 November, 2019

In a recent observation by the Australian National University's Anglo-Australian Telescope, it was reported that a star that was speeding through the Milky Way has been pushed to the ends of the galaxy by a black hole that was present in the center of the galaxy. The observation that took place at the Siding Spring Observatory has equipment that measure about 400 targets at a time. The report also stated that had the star entered the threshold of any star system, it would have caused catastrophic effects throughout the galaxy.

"In astronomical terms, the star will be leaving our galaxy fairly soon and it will likely travel through the emptiness of intergalactic space for an eternity. It's great to be able to confirm a 30-year-old prediction that stars can be flung out of a galaxy by the supermassive black hole at its center," said the professors at Australian National University.

The star is currently at a distance of 29,000 light-years away from Earth.The black hole which is 4.2 million times the size of the sun is aged about five million years and is called Sagittarius A*. The "hyper velocity star" is currently being kept track of for further information.