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Message 1454990 - Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 1:48:01 UTC

I watched the program on the Science Channel discussing this event but it is over 6 months out of date. When I tried to find some more recent data I can't find anything newer. So do any of you have access to more recent reports?
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Message 1454991 - Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 1:56:47 UTC
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How about 4 Hours Ago?


more recent reports?
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Message 1455006 - Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 3:25:25 UTC

Very interesting but I don't think this cloud is the same one. The cloud I'm referring to is supposedly being gobbled up by the super massive black hole at the center of the galaxy.
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Message 1455031 - Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 6:36:33 UTC - in response to Message 1455006.  

Very interesting but I don't think this cloud is the same one. The cloud I'm referring to is supposedly being gobbled up by the super massive black hole at the center of the galaxy.


Bob, found three links, not sure if these are right??

http://yottafire.com/2013/12/cosmic-weather-balloon-center-milky-way/
A Cosmic Weather Balloon at the Center of the Milky Way

http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-gas-cloud-milky-ways-galactic-center-01236.html
Astronomers Spy Mysterious Gas Cloud at Milky Way’s Galactic Center

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/2013/10/24/hungry-rumblings-black-hole-center-milky-way/#.UrFBLSfTDSc
Hungry Rumblings from the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

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Message 1455346 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 2:13:02 UTC

Thanks Lynn. the first and last link you posted are more recent than any I could find. The second one is from July and I had already read it. I am surprised there is not more being published about this cloud and it's possible fate.
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Message 1455631 - Posted: 19 Dec 2013, 22:46:59 UTC - in response to Message 1455346.  
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Welcome Bob.

Gas clouds would be eaten by a black hole. So why is this one different??

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Message 1455728 - Posted: 20 Dec 2013, 13:50:01 UTC

This one is special because up to now the actual event has never been observed live. Depending on how quickly the black hole devours the gas cloud the light emitted as the gas crosses the event horizon could be very energetic and reveal new science about black holes. Or it could consume the gases very slowly over the next few years and not be that big of a deal. Either way it won't be visible to the naked eye and can only be detected by certain telescopes.
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Message 1455900 - Posted: 20 Dec 2013, 23:25:51 UTC - in response to Message 1455728.  

Scientists still don't know where exactly the gas cloud came from. This is sort of looks like Science fiction, except it's real.



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Message 1456032 - Posted: 21 Dec 2013, 10:18:21 UTC

What we are observing is simply at the present, beyond our scientific knowledge. Also what we are seeing happened millions of years ago anyway, and may be completely different now.

For all we know the universe has stopped expanding and is now contracting, but we wont know that for millions of years.
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Message 1456083 - Posted: 21 Dec 2013, 14:56:02 UTC - in response to Message 1456032.  

What we are observing is simply at the present, beyond our scientific knowledge. Also what we are seeing happened millions of years ago anyway, and may be completely different now.

For all we know the universe has stopped expanding and is now contracting, but we wont know that for millions of years.

Actually what we are seeing at the center of our galaxy is only about 25,000 tears ago as that is how many light years were are from the center of our galaxy. Objects that close to the center of the galaxy only take a few years to make a full trip around the center unlike the millions of years it takes the sun to make one orbit.
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Message 1456645 - Posted: 23 Dec 2013, 15:00:56 UTC
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about 25,000 tears ago


Oh my, we must've cried a lot then;))
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Message 1457255 - Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 23:57:07 UTC - in response to Message 1456645.  

about 25,000 tears ago


Oh my, we must've cried a lot then;))

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Message 1457377 - Posted: 25 Dec 2013, 13:39:57 UTC

Y and T key are next door neighbors.

So are U ;-)
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Message 1462400 - Posted: 10 Jan 2014, 0:55:38 UTC - in response to Message 1457377.  

update...

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-rare-milky-core.html
A rare crash at the Milky Way's core

University of Michigan astronomers could be the first to witness a rare collision expected to happen at the center of the galaxy by spring.

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Message 1478518 - Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 2:10:11 UTC

Another case of overeating?

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, a gas cloud that has been hurtling toward the center of the Milky Way is expected to collide with Sagittarius A*.


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