Thursday, December 8, 2011

Scientists discover fastest-rotating massive star ever recorded - 7th Dec 2011

An international team of scientists has found the fastest-rotating massive star ever recorded.

The star spins around its axis at the speed of 600 kilometers per second at the equator, a rotational velocity so high that the star is nearly tearing apart due to centrifugal forces.

The findings were made by American astrophysicts from an observatory in Chile where an ongoing study is surveying the heaviest and brightest stars in the the Tarantula Nebula region of the cosmos.

The Tarantula Nebula is a region of star formation located in a neighboring galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160,000 light-years from Earth.

The reported star, VFTS 102, is extremely hot and luminous, shining about 100,000 times more brightly than the Sun. Read More