Source: ESO Science Release eso1151
Simulation of the cloud being disrupted by a black hole.
Image credits: ESO/MPE/Marc Schartmann.
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating fast towards the 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. The results will be published in the 5 January 2012 issue of the journal Nature.(read more)