A Fast Solar Spin Cycle

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Scientists have discovered a star that is 160,000 light years away from us in a companion galaxy to our Milky Way. Spinning at 100 times the rotation velocity of our sun, this one is a real speed demon. That high rotational velocity actually squishes the star down and is spreading material in a wide area. Also get an update on Phobos-Grunt, the spacecraft that is about to fall to earth and don’t miss constellations of the Spring time sky. But how about an astronomical challenge? Well, you can track the motion of the Earth around the sun with Derrick Pitts’ help. Listen to this week’s Sky Talk to find out more.[audio: st20120116.mp3]

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