PacSci-Doku: "Dinner For A Black Hole" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

What will be sucked into the black hole at the center of our galaxy in the next few years?

The answer: Gas Cloud

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An interstellar gas cloud, called G2 by astronomers, is speeding toward the center of our galaxy on a collision course with a black hole. The gas cloud, with the mass of three Earths, is no competition for the black hole, known as Sagittarius A, which has a mass of four million Suns.

G2 is being stretched and torn apart as it approaches the black hole. Within the next year, the gas will get so close to the black hole, and will be traveling so fast, that it will emit high energy x-rays as it encounters the disk of matter that surrounds the ultradense black hole. This will be the first time astronomers get a close look at a black hole consuming a cosmic snack. Learn more and see a simulation of the gas cloud encountering Sagittarius A.

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