Today's Video

A Black Hole’s Dinner Is Fast Approaching

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This is the first time ever that the approach of such a doomed cloud to a supermassive black hole has been observed. This episode of ESOcast explains the new results and includes spectacular simulations of how the cloud will break up over the next few years.

Provided by the European Southern Observatory
Runtime: 5:17