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posted by Dopefish on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the reconnoiter-the-dark-matter dept.

weeds writes:

"This has been going on for some time and the date of closest approach keeps getting pushed back. Here is the latest report from the New York Times on the approach of a gas cloud called G2 towards the Galactic Center.

Black holes, which are the ultra-dense, collapsed objects predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, are often depicted as voracious feeders whose extraordinary gravity acts like a one-way membrane: Everything is sucked in, even light, and virtually nothing leaks out.

Now, for the first time, astronomers may have a chance to watch as a giant black hole consumes a cosmic snack.

In March or April, the gas cloud G2, which has been hurtling toward the center of the Milky Way, is expected to collide with Sagittarius A*, a black hole that lies just 26,000 light-years away from Earth."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by TrumpetPower! on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:34PM

    by TrumpetPower! (590) <ben@trumpetpower.com> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:34PM (#2577) Homepage

    Voracious feeder...cosmic snack...center of the Milky Way?

    I was almost expecting the next line to say something about caramel and chocolate....

    b&

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Statecraftsman on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:03PM

    by Statecraftsman (1149) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:03PM (#2609)

    And they talk about viscosity. If this gas cloud behaves like caramel, the material will fall in quickly. If it's more like melted chocolate, it could take years. I'm hoping for a third option... A liquor because I like my action fast and imbalanced.

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by JeanCroix on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:23PM

    by JeanCroix (573) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:23PM (#2628)
    The Galactic Center was reportedly quoted as commenting, "Om nom nom nom..."
    • (Score: 1) by carguy on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:43PM

      by carguy (568) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:43PM (#2655)

      [oblig] ...and the sharks are circling the Center...lasers will be turned on soon.

  • (Score: 1) by isostatic on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:35PM

    by isostatic (365) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:35PM (#2928) Journal

    The red car and the blue cloud had a race
    All red wants to do is stuff his face
    He eats everything he sees, from stars to prickly bees [wikia.com]
    But smart old blue he took the milky way