According to scientists, approximately five million years ago, the supermassive black hole residing a the core of our Milky Way managed to send an ill-fated star away into oblivion at millions of miles per hour.
The star, identified by Carnegie Mellon University astronomers not long ago, is on its way out of the galaxy, traveling at about 3.7 million miles per hour. According to Space.com, the star’s speed is so high that it will most likely never return.
Leaving on a side the unsettling fact that a black hole sent out a star from the galaxy, the finding also helped scientists confirm a whole bunch of theories about the way stars and massive black holes can interact.
A Runaway Star With a Doomed Fate
This star that’s gotten out of hand was described in research published last week in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
According to astronomers, this is not the first star of this kind that has been seen being rapidly ejected out of a supermassive black hole. However, it is the first that scientists can definitely trace its trajectory back to a gigantic black hole, Space.com explains.
This only means that researchers finally had proof that demonstrates the fact that ejections of this type are actually quite possible.
Wishing the Star Good Luck
Because the majority of objects – and not only – located near supermassive black holes are prone to suffer an incredibly fatal doom, all we can do is wishing it godspeed and lots of luck on its journey.
”Seeing this star is really amazing as we know it must have formed in the galactic center, a place very different to our local environment,” Ting Li, a Carnegie Observatory and Princeton University scientist, said in a press release.
“It is a visitor from a strange land.”