Does this count as catching a shooting star? An exploding star sent shockwaves through the universe that sent a neighboring star, called Zeta, streaking across space—and NASA recorded the event with an orbiting observatory. Zeta is now speeding across space at 54,000 miles per hour, leaving a pretty yellow arc for NASA’s cameras. The star is 20 times bigger than the sun and is 65,000 times brighter. It is 458 light years away and is surrounded by gas and a blue-colored dust, making it dimmer in the night sky.