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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Om bilden

ID:eso1151c
Typ:Kollage
Publiceringsdatum:14 december 2011 19:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1151
Storlek:2507 x 948 px

Om objektet

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

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Färger och filter

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InfraröttVery Large Telescope
NACO

 

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