The Space Cloud

black-hole-milky-way-cloudOur Milky Way black hole is about to get a very filling meal. According to scientists, there is a giant space cloud that is destined to fall into the mouth of the black hole. The black hole, or Sagittarius A-star has an estimated mass of over 4 million of our suns. Astrophysicist Stefan Gillessen of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany has been watching the center of our galaxy for over 20 years. He has seen 2 stars come close to Sagittarius A, and they went past unharmed. He does not think this will be the case though, for the giant space cloud. He predicts that “The gas cloud will be completely ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole.” Even though black holes are unseeable by the human eye, they have a gravitational pull so strong not even light can escape its clutches. The cloud, which will pass within 25 million miles of the black hole. The black hole is currently estimated to be moving at an accelerating speed of 5 Million MPH, this has nearly doubled in the last 7 years. The space cloud is already starting to shred apart. The area around a black hole is so bright, scientists can see when matter falls into it. Scientists are looking forward to this opportunity to see something go into our own black hole. When the space cloud goes explodes, it will release x-ray radiation that will be visible from earth. The space cloud is said to be gobbled up around mid to late 2013.


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