Cloud suicide will wake black hole sleeping giant

In the middle of the Milky Way Galaxy, that’s where we are, there is a super massive blackhole, and it’s about to awaken. While this poses no threat to Earth, it will be interesting to watch it awaken and it consumes everything! We won’t even be able to see it with the naked eye, but scientist are watching, and I’m sure they’ll learn a ton of new information about it.

The sleeping giant at the centre of the Milky Way is about to wake up. A suicidal gas cloud is heading towards the galaxy’s supermassive black hole, which will probably swallow the cloud, generating enormous flares of radiation that could help explain why the black hole is normally so placid.

The doomed cloud was a surprise to astronomers. “We have been looking at the galactic centre for 20 years, but mainly to observe the motion of stars,” says Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany.