VFTS 102: Fastest Spinning Star (Fact of the Day)

Artist's conception of VFTS 102
VFTS 102 is the fastest spinning star ever discovered. It is a hot blue giant 160,000 light years away from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a neighboring Dwarf galaxy). It is spinning at 1 million miles per hour which is about 100 times faster than our Sun. If it spins even a little faster it would be torn apart due to centrifugal forces. The star is found to be 25 times the mass of our Sun and one hundred thousand times brighter than our Sun.

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