Sarah Martell

Artist’s impression of the thin stream of stars torn from the Phoenix globular cluster, wrapping around the Milky Way

Scientists find remnant of strange dismembered star cluster at Galaxy’s edge

The Crane

Astronomers have spotted something they weren't expecting – a star that has been travelling at 6 million kilometres an hour for 5 million years.

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In a huge galactic archaeology project, astronomers have revealed the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the sky.