Next year will see one of the biggest collisions ever observed by man.
A giant gas cloud will hit the massive black hole – known as Sagittarius A – which lies at the centre of our galaxy in 2013.
Actually, the cloud will miss by quite a distance – 24,000,000,000 miles to be semi-exact – and while this is quite a distance (indeed it takes light 36 hours to travel that far), the tidal forces of the black hole will rip the gas cloud apart.
One observer will be Stefan Gillessen, an astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, Germany, who has been observing the black hole for the last 20 years.
He said: ‘So far there were only two stars that came that close to Sagittarius A. They passed unharmed, but this time will be different: the gas cloud will be completely ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole.’
As the cloud gets closer, it’s speed gets quicker – it has doubled its speed in just seven years.
Colossal cosmic collision coming this year at center of the galaxy, say awestruck astronomers.
A giant gaseous cloud will collide with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy sometime in the middle of 2013..
A BLACK HOLE’S DINNER..
A giant gas cloud is on collision course with the black hole in the centre of our galaxy in 2013. This is a unique opportunity to observe how a super massive…