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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About the Image

Id:eso1151c
Típus:Collage
Közzététel napja:2011. december 14. 19.00
Related releases:eso1151
Size:2507 x 948 px

About the Object

Név:Sgr A*
Típus:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Distance:25000 light years
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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BandTelescope
InfraredVery Large Telescope
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