are turning to our galaxy's center,
to watch our Milky Way's
supermassive black hole
consume a gas cloud.
It was in 2011 that astronomers in Germany announced the cloud's discovery and observed that it was accelerating fast towards our galaxy's center.
In April 2013, data showed that part of the gas cloud had already passed closest to the black hole and that the cloud was undergoing what astronomers sometimes call spaghettification - or the noodle effect.
That is, they could see that the cloud was being stretched or elongated as it passed the hole, due to the hole's powerful gravity. Now astronomers are saying they expect the main encounter to happen soon! When it does, they hope they can figure out what's going on in the black hole's immediate vicinity.
They might even see some gas disappear
down the hole.
The gas cloud might slingshot around the hole, or it might be pulled in.
We'll know ů soon.