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PostPosted: Thu, 15-12-11, 11:25 GMT 
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A group of astrophysicists from the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)/Garching/Germany and from other institutes abroad, report the presence of a dense gas cloud, approximately three times the mass of Earth that is falling into the accretion zone of the super-massive Black Hole in our galactic center (Sgr A*).

This exciting discovery (only 27000 ly away) will allow to watch in real time how the cloud will be colliding with the gas arround the Black Hole! This will heat up the cloud from presently 280 degrees Centigrade to several million degrees, a shock front will build up and the whole system will be disrupted...

Over the past three years the cloud has already begun to disrupt, probably mainly through tidal shearing arising from the black hole’s gravitational force. The cloud’s dynamic
evolution and radiation in the next few years will probe the properties of the
accretion flow and the feeding processes of the super-massive black hole.

Here is the link to the original paper (to appear in Nature)
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1112.3264

Here are the parameters of the cloud, allowing to model it within Celestia(.Sci)

parameters of Keplerian orbit.......................best fitting value
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around 4.31 × 10^6 M_sun
black hole at R0 = 8.33 kpc

semi-major axis a........................................521 ± 28 milli-arcsec
eccentricity e...............................................0.9384 ± 0.0066
inclination of ascending node i......................106.55 ± 0.88 degrees
position angle of ascending node Ω...............101.5 ± 1.1 degrees
longitude of pericentre ω..............................109.59 ± 0.78 degrees
time of pericentre tperi.................................2013.51 ± 0.035
pericentre distance from black hole rperi.......4.0 ± 0.3 × 1015cm = 3140 RS
orbital period to...........................................137 ± 11 years

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Here is a GREAT video (in 1080p) from ESO summarizing concisely the findings about the recently discovered cloud closing in towards our galaxie's central super-massive Black Hole!

http://youtu.be/ciWGrZMkXVM

I recommend viewing it in FullScreen!

Enjoy,
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