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Release No.: 2006-10
For Release: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 7:00pm

Two Exiled Stars Are Leaving Our Galaxy Forever

hypervelocity stars

A Smithsonian team of astronomers has found two "exiled" stars that were flung from the galactic center millions of years ago. Those stars are speeding out of the Milky Way at more than one million miles per hour, as shown in this artist's conception. Five exiled stars now are known, making them a new class of objects known as hypervelocity stars.

Ruth Bazinet, CfA

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