Thursday, December 15, 2011

Supermassive black hole will 'eat' gas cloud


Supermassive black hole will 'eat' gas cloud

Simulation of cloud path around black hole (ESO/MPE/Marc Schartmann) Simulations suggest that the cloud will be ripped to bits and partially swallowed by the black hole
 
 
Researchers have spotted a giant gas cloud spiralling into the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's centre.
Though it is known that black holes draw in nearby material, it will be the first chance to see one consume such a cloud.
As it is torn apart, the turbulent area around the black hole will become unusually bright, giving astronomers a chance to learn more about it.
An article in Nature suggests the spectacle should be visible in 2013.

MORE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16178112

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