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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Publicatiedatum:14 december 2011 19:00
Gerelateerde berichten:eso1151
Grootte:2507 x 948 px

Over het object

Naam:Sgr A*
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Afstand:25000 lichtjaren
Categorie:Quasars and Black Holes

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InfraroodVery Large Telescope


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