found a so-called “runaway star,” dubbed PG 1610+062, located in the
outer halo of the Milky Way—a vast region which surrounds the galaxy—far
away from its star-forming regions.
Typically, the halo contains
some of the galaxy’s oldest stars and researchers had previously thought
that PG 1610+062 was one of these with a mass around half that of our
sun’s. However, observations with the W. M. Keck Observatory revealed
that the star is surprisingly young and ten times more massive than the