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It takes a lot to kick a star out of a galaxy, but a group of Vanderbilt University astronomers say they’ve found a group of more than 675 stars that look like they’re headed for the exit door. The escape velocity of the Milky Way is a very, very big number: more than two million miles per hour (skipping the stuff on the right …

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Mushroom

Mikly Way?

Weird name for a galaxy...

Nuclear explosion because...you know.

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Coat

Re: Mikly Way?

What's a Mikly Way?

Oh, about as much as a Heming.

I'll be toddling along now.

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Alien

Puppeteer homeworld perhaps

Puppeteer are headed that way no?

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Re: Puppeteer homeworld perhaps

Damn beat me, the moment I read this I thought, "Pierson's Puppeteers" making a run for it before the galaxy explodes. Of course there's also the possibility they are Pak Ringworlds using controlled sunflares to propel themselves away for the same reason, yes lots of possibilities that don't rely on bog standard orbital physics!

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Alien

Re: Puppeteer homeworld perhaps

Ha ha, I thought this as well, though it sounds far too risky for the Puppeteers to use a supermassive black hole to achieve escape velocity. Unless of course they weren't inhabiting the system at the time. Though that would mean they had to have added the Fleet of Worlds at a later date...

Didn't somebody work out if the Pak used controlled solar flares to move their sun, it would leave the Ringworld behind?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Puppeteer homeworld perhaps

As well as the Puppeteers, the article put me in mind of "Against A Dark Background."

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Re: Puppeteer homeworld perhaps

No the Ringworld wouldn't be left behind, provided the accelleration was very very low. It could be higher though, if they augmented it with the Attitude Jets and higher still if they added a few (lots!) more.

<Flame image as the business end of an Attitude Jet>

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Massive entropy increase

It's galactic cooling.

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I thought we were coming in from Sagitarius

and were being gobbled by the Milky Way, so it's no surprise, others are going the other way. No biggee then.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I thought we were coming in from Sagitarius

There goes the neighborhood...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I thought we were coming in from Sagitarius

Your extrasolar geography seems a bit confused. Sagittarius IS part of the Milky Way; in fact, it's the part nearest the center, where the supermassive black hole Sgr A* lives.

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Joke

If you look carefully and from the right angle

The stars spell

So long, and thanks for all the fish

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Re: If you look carefully and from the right angle

Are you sure it's not : -

"We apologise for the inconvenience !

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Coat

"....about ten million years."

So, is there any remaining evidence from ten million years ago to answer the important question that remains?

Whether or not the door hit their arses on the way out.

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Re: "....about ten million years."

So old this news?

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The next question...

Are they actually from the Milky way itself or a merger?

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How big are these bad boys? Sun-sized? Supermegamassive? Pea-sized?

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Anonymous Coward

>"Their red colour isn’t, as you might guess, from their velocity"

Only someone who thinks that two million miles per hour is a significant fraction of the speed of light could make that mistake.

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Pint

Kudos to Richard

for, unlike many of his pop-sci colleagues, resisting the temptation to refer to these stars as «rogue stars». Oscar Wilde would have been impressed !...

Henri

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