Simulation of gas cloud approaching the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

This simulated view shows a gas cloud (just above centre, with its orbit shown in red) that has been observed approaching 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. The stars orbiting the black hole are also shown along with blue lines marking their orbits. The stars and the cloud are shown in their actual positions in 2011.

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ID:eso1151b
Typ:Illustration
Publiceringsdatum:14 december 2011 19:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1151
Storlek:4000 x 2250 px

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Namn:Sgr A*
Typ:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Avstånd:25000 ljusår
Kategori:Illustrations
Quasars and Black Holes

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