Gas cloud being ripped apart by the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

New observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope show how a gas cloud now passing close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy is being ripped apart. The horizontal axis shows the extent of the cloud along its orbit and the vertical axis shows the velocities of different parts of the cloud. The cloud is now dramatically stretched out and the velocity of the front is several million km/h different from that of the tail.

Credit:

ESO/S. Gillessen

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About the Image

Id:eso1332c
Type:Observation
Release date:17 July 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1332
Size:1376 x 1241 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way, Milky Way Galactic Centre, Sgr A*
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Quasars & Black Holes
Distance:25000 light years

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