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Herschel find hot gas falling into Milky Way's black hole

May 7 2013, 9:27am CDT | by

Scientists with the European Space Agency have identified an interstellar gas cloud that appears to be following into the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

PARIS, France – Super hot molecular gas is being drawn into the black hole located in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, made by the European Space Agency's Herschel space...

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Herschel find hot gas falling into Milky Way's black hole

May 7 2013, 9:27am CDT | by

Scientists with the European Space Agency have identified an interstellar gas cloud that appears to be following into the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

PARIS, France – Super hot molecular gas is being drawn into the black hole located in the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

The discovery, made by the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory has identified a diverse amount of simple molecules in the vicinity of the super-massive black hole that inhabits the center of the galaxy, which is home to the Earth. Analysis of spectrographic data collected by Herschel has indicated that carbon monoxide, water vapor and hydrogen cyanide compose the interstellar medium orbiting the black hole.

“Herschel has resolved the far-infrared emission within just 1 light-year of the black hole, making it possible for the first time at these wavelengths to separate emission due to the central cavity from that of the surrounding dense molecular disc,” says Javier Goicoechea of the Centro de Astrobiología, Spain, and lead author of the paper reporting the results. “The observations are also consistent with streamers of hot gas speeding towards Sagittarius A*, (Sgr A*), falling towards the very centre of the Galaxy. Our Galaxy’s black hole may be cooking its dinner right in front of Herschel’s eyes.”

Scientists say the biggest surprise was the temperature that molecular gas reaches in the center of the galaxy. Estimates state that some of the gas is 1000 degrees Celsius hotter than the average interstellar gas cloud, which are usually a few tens of degrees above -273 degrees Celsius, which is absolute zero.

“The observations are also consistent with streamers of hot gas speeding towards Sgr A*, falling towards the very centre of the Galaxy,” says Dr Goicoechea. “Our Galaxy’s black hole may be cooking its dinner right in front of Herschel’s eyes.”



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