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.

Autorska prava:

ESO/S. Gillessen

O slici

Id:eso1332a
Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:17. jul 2013. 12:00
Povezana saopštenja:eso1332
Veličina:1028 x 1029 px

O objektu

Naziv:Milky Way, Milky Way Galactic Centre, Sgr A*
Tip:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Udaljenost:25000 svetlosnih godina
Kategorija:Quasars and Black Holes

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Boje i flteri

OpsegTalasna dužinaTeleskop
Infracrveni
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
Infracrveni
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
Infracrveni
Bracket Gamma
2.165 μmVery Large Telescope
SINFONI
InfracrveniVery Large Telescope
SINFONI

 

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