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[size=5][b]'Fastest-Ever' Star Orbits Black Hole At 2 Million MPH[/b][/size]

Astronomers have found an astonishing star and black hole in deep space which orbit each other every 2 hours.

Known as a black hole X-ray binary system, the pair share a common centre of gravity and rotate around it with remarkable speed.

The star in the system flies around the black hole at more than two million kilometres per hour - 20 times faster than the Earth moves around the Sun.

The total orbit lasts just 2.4 hours, which smashes the previous record by more than an hour, [url="http://www.universetoday.com/100881/super-fast-duo-black-hole-and-star-break-speed-records/"]according to Universe Today.[/url]

The black hole is called MAXI J1659-152, and is at least three times as massive as our sun. Its companion star, located about a million kilometers away, has less than a fifth the mass of our own.

The binary system was discovered by NASA's Swift space telescope in 2010, but new observations have allowed more detailed analysis of its nature.

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I realise the title says MPH, but the article says KPH... I'm not going to edit something someone else has written.

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damn.... :s

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[img]http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lltzgnHi5F1qzib3wo1_400.jpg[/img]

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That is a crazy speed. I wonder what it would feel like...

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Light travels at 671 million MPH according to wikipedia

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so how long until the star materals are completely absorbed by the hole ?

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Depends on the masses of the star. & black hole, the distance between them and the stars type & composition, Some of these pairs, like Cygnus X-1, continue for millions of years. I doubt this one will last anywhere near that long

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[img]http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/101/781/Y0UJC.png[/img]

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Wow, the universe is even stranger than we could ever had imagined.

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