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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ESO/MPE

Om bildet

ID:eso1151c
Type:Kollasj
Publiseringsdato:14. desember 2011 19:00
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso1151
Størrelse:2507 x 948 px

Om objektet

Navn:Sgr A*
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Avstand:25000 lysår
Kategori:Quasars and Black Holes

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Farger og filtre

BåndTeleskop
InfrarødtVery Large Telescope
NACO

 

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