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Hot gas on menu for Milky Way’s black hole

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:29 PM

Herschel finds hot gas on the menu for Milky Way’s black hole


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ESA’s Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot molecular gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.

Our local black hole is located in a region known as Sagittarius A* – Sgr A* – after a nearby radio source. It has a mass about four million times that of our Sun and lies around 26 000 light-years away from the Solar System.

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