The centre of the Milky Way showing a newly discovered and rapidly moving cloud

These images taken over the last decade using the NACO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope show the motion of a cloud of gas that is falling towards the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This is the first time ever that the approach of such a doomed cloud to a supermassive black hole has been observed and it is expected to break up completely during 2013.

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Auðkenni:eso1151c
Tegund:Háskóli
Útgáfudagur:Des 14, 2011, 19:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1151
Stærð:2507 x 948 px

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Nafn:Sgr A*
Tegund:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Fjarlægð:25000 ljósár
Flokkur:Quasars and Black Holes

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TíðnisviðSjónauki
InnrauttVery Large Telescope
NACO

 

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