“What makes us love… is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive.” -Daniel Tammet
Is the largest object in our galaxy — our central black hole — poised to devour a massive gas cloud?
As far as supermassive black holes go, the one at the center of our galaxy is definitely on the boring end. While many galaxies have black holes with tens or hundreds of millions of times the mass of our Sun, and a few even reach into the billions, ours sits humbly at a mere four million solar masses. And while many black holes emit huge amounts of X-ray energy, ours sits quietly.
But what if a molecular gas cloud were to come along and feed it?
Go and read the whole story. There’s no chance of doom, but there are lots of wonderful things to learn!