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What Fed Sgr A* its Latest Meal?

The black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sgr A*, is a very picky eater. However, with the discovery of the G2 cloud, astronomers have had the opportunity to watch the infrequent feeding process in Sgr A* in action. While the origin of this cloud is still debated, research is beginning to suggest that G2 is a gas cloud that was ripped away from a giant star in orbit around our galaxy’s central black hole.

Astrobites@National Harbor: Wednesday Morning at #aas223

Keep up with all the latest happenings in Maryland with us, as we continue to liveblog the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Also stay up to the minute with us on Twitter, @astrobites!

Seeing Black Holes with a Gas Cloud

The gas cloud G2 is rapidly approaching the galactic center. Can tidal disruption events with stellar remnants help constrain its orbit?

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