You are probably aware by now of the fact that there’s a massive, monstrous black hole at the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Its mass is 4 million times the one of our sun, and it’s called Sagittarius A*.
During the last decade, experts looking in the black hole’s cosmic neighborhood saw two strange objects which seemed to be orbiting this black hole. They received the names G1 and G2.
The nature of these strange objects called G-sources is a really controversial one, writes CNET.
There are some experts who believe that the objects are gas clouds, but other astronomers say that they look more like strange stars that are shrouded in dust.
A new class of cosmic phenomena?
During a new study, astronomers are revealing that they have detected four more of the mysterious objects which look pretty similar to G1 and G2.
Experts are also starting to suggest that since there are more such objects popping up, this means that we’re looking at a new class of cosmic phenomena.
“These objects look like gas and behave like stars,” said Andrea Ghez, an astronomer at UCLA and co-author of the new study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
A team of experts in Hawaii was able to analyze the mysterious objects in more detail.
CNET also reveals that back in 2014, astronomers who were observing the G2 saw that it was moving towards Sgr A* – the monster black whole from our Milky Way.
G1 and G2 survive the black hole
Experts predicted that G2 was a gas cloud, and it would offer the massive black hole something to “eat” because if it approached more and more, it would have been ripped apart, and the gas would have fallen into the black hole.
But this did not happen, and G2 survived, making experts wonder what’s its nature.
“G2 survived and continues happily on its orbit; a gas cloud would not do that,” said Ghez, back in 2014. G1 also survived its own close encounter, relatively unchanged.
We recommend that you check out the original article in order to learn more theories on what the natur4e of these objects could be.
Speaking of our galaxy, you should also check out what’s responsible for the star formation in the Milky Way galaxy.
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