Scientists Study Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

by Rachel Baker on September 26, 2013

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is dormant; and scientists have begun to figure out why.

Astronomers have long suspected there was an ancient outburst from the hibernating black hole, but it’s only now that they believe they have found an actual “fossil imprint” of the cosmic monster’s last big meal.

The international team’s new theory points to a lacy filament of gas, mostly hydrogen, called the Magellanic Stream, which can be seen trailing behind our galaxy’s two small companion galaxies: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

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