Astrophysics: The final plunge

  title={Astrophysics: The final plunge},
  author={M. Morris},
  • M. Morris
  • Published 2012
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • A gas cloud has been spotted approaching the Milky Way's central black hole. Observations of its closest approach, expected to occur in mid-2013, may offer insight into the black hole's immediate surroundings. See Letter p.51 The radio source Sgr A* in Sagittarius is thought to be the site of a supermassive black hole lying at the centre of the Milky Way. A study of stellar orbits has identified an object moving towards Sgr A* at a speed of 1,700 kilometres per second. Its low temperature and… CONTINUE READING
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