Supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy has a gas cloud in its gravitational clutches – but the gas cloud isn’t giving up without a fight…
The gas cloud was discovered in 2011 and shown to be on a nearly suicidal orbit that would carry it to within 25bn kilometres of the black hole, which is itself estimated to be about 7bn kilometres across, and contains more than 4m times the mass of the sun.
- Gas cloud ‘stretched like spaghetti’ by supermassive black hole – The Independent (independent.co.uk)
- Ripped apart by a black hole (eurekalert.org)
- Image of the Day: A Cosmic Cloud Being Devoured by the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole (dailygalaxy.com)
- The Giant Black Hole At The Center Of The Milky Way Is Destroying A Huge Gas Cloud (businessinsider.com)