Sunday, April 8, 2012

Scientists discover planets which travel up to 30million miles per hour after coming into contact with black holes

Scientists have discovered a new type of planet - one that travels at high speed to the very edge of the galaxy.

The so-called 'hypervelocity planets' are flung out of their usual orbit when the enter the gravitational well of a black hole.

And the speeds they reach on their journey across the universe are so high that they are usually only attained by subatomic particles.

The previously unknown planets were discovered by Dartmouth's Idan Ginsburg and Gary Wegner along with Avi Loeb, chairman of the Harvard astronomy department.

Their research was based on the behaviour of hypervelocity stars, which were already a well-known phenomenon. Read More