/We spotted a star moving so fast it will enter intergalactic space

We spotted a star moving so fast it will enter intergalactic space

Telescope with milky way in the night sky above

The hyper-fast star was spotted by the Anglo-Australian Telescope in Australia

BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Astronomers have spotted a star tearing through the Milky Way that appears to have been flung outwards following an encounter with the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s heart.

This ‘hyper-velocity star’ has been named S5-HVS1. It is travelling through the galaxy at a blistering speed of more than 1700 kilometres per second.

We have seen other stars that are travelling faster than this, but those are dying stars thought to have been blasted outwards by supernova explosions. In contrast, S5-HVS1 …