Superfast spinning star found

The star with the fastest rotation ever recorded has been discovered by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The star, VFTS 102, rotates on its axis at a speed of 600 kilometres per second or two million kilometres an hour. The star’s rotation is fast enough that centrifugal force is nearly tearing it apart.

VFTS 102 shines 100,000 times brighter than the sun. Researchers believe that VFTS 102 was ejected from a double star system by a supernova in its companion star.

Read more at University of California, Santa Barbara