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Milky Way Black Hole Nearing Gas Cloud In 2013

June 27, 2012

Our neighboring black hole will be coming close to a gas cloud in 2013.  It is expected that the gas cloud will not survive the encounter, and Stefan Gillessen, astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany, is saying that astronomers can already see evidence of the gas cloud starting to deteriorate.  This event will give astronomers a better understanding of the universe’s most mysterious object:  the black hole.  credit:  Youris.com/ESO