Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Fastest Spinning Star In the Universe


Check out the picture above. Its the fastest spinning star in the universe, and it is rotating at one million miles per hour. Its moving so fast that its shape is no longer a sphere anymore. Astronomers are calling it the VFTS 102.

Twenty times larger than our Sun, VFTS rotates 100 times faster than sun Its rotational speed causes enormous centrifugal forces, so incredibly powerful that they have turned it into an oblate spheroid.  Around its center you can see a disk of plasma, which is also a result of the speed.

The VFTS Star is nested inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way located just 160,000 light-years away. Considering, its not that far away, could a violent explosion from that star affect us?


The theory is that one of the stars may have exploded as a supernova, sending the other into this mad trip across the Universe.

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