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ESO Science Release eso1151: A Black Hole's Dinner is Fast Approaching — VLT spots cloud being disrupted by black hole. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating fast towards the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This is the first time ever that the ...

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14 December 2011

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating fast towards the 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. The results will be published in the 5 January 2012 issue of the journal Nature.

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The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department
14 December 2011




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