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Black hole in the Milky Way



Scientists discuss the discovery and observation of a black hole within our own galaxy.

   

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Comment icon #1 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 26 August, 2014, 10:52
I thought that scientists have known (or maybe suspected) for a while now that there is a black hole in the center of every galaxy.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Merc14 on 26 August, 2014, 13:46
I thought that scientists have known (or maybe suspected) for a while now that there is a black hole in the center of every galaxy. This is true but Sag A has been relatively quiet and therefore hard to study. What this gas cloud will do is cause some kind of activity at Sag A thereby providing scientists with the unique opportunity to have the right instruments pointed at a predicted event and gather valuable data. The collision is actually underway now and being actively studied and the encounter will go on for years. More info at Space.com and the Swift monitoring program which has a link t... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 26 August, 2014, 21:57
This is true but Sag A has been relatively quiet and therefore hard to study. What this gas cloud will do is cause some kind of activity at Sag A thereby providing scientists with the unique opportunity to have the right instruments pointed at a predicted event and gather valuable data. The collision is actually underway now and being actively studied and the encounter will go on for years. More info at Space.com and the Swift monitoring program which has a link to a page dedicated to the G2 encounter (G2 is the gas cloud designator) http://www.space.com...-gas-cloud.html http://www.swift-sgra... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by docyabut2 on 26 August, 2014, 23:17
We have known for some time there is a black hole in the milky way, however we also know by the movement of the stars around the galaxie that we are all being sucked in
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 on 27 August, 2014, 1:35
So it's not really just a "Look what we found" moment but a "The is great we can study it now" moment. Absolutely. You have a rough idea of the mass of G2 and can monitor it with tried and true instruments all lined up and ready to rock. This event happens all the time in the universe but it is like catching lightning. This is the opportunity to watch a massive black hole interact with a measurable gas cloud and record how it happens.


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