Images of 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 for the first time a gas cloud being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. Shown here are VLT observations from 2006, 2010 and 2013, coloured blue, green and red respectively.

Due to its distance, and the fact that we see the orbit at a steep angle as the cloud falls towards the black hole, only the position, not the shape, of the cloud can be discerned in this image. The stretching of the cloud is seen in observations of its velocity, which allow astronomers to work out where on its orbit the different parts of the cloud are now located.

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ESO/S. Gillessen

Об изображении

ID:eso1332a
Тип:Наблюдение
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:17 июля 2013 г. 12:00
Связанные релизы:eso1332
Размер:1028 x 1029 px

Об объекте

Название:Milky Way, Milky Way Galactic Centre, Sgr A*
Тип:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Расстояние:25000 световых лет
Категория:Quasars and Black Holes

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Цвета и фильтры

ДиапазонДлина волныТелескоп
Инфракрасный
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
Инфракрасный
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
Инфракрасный
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
ИнфракрасныйVery Large Telescope
SINFONI

 

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