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Doomed gas cloud could give clues about black hole inner workings

Photo credit: ESO/S. Gillessen/MPE/Marc Schartmann

The supermassive black hole in the middle of our galaxy is about four million times more massive than our sun. Black holes have been studied extensively, yet there is not a clear consensus about the origins and internal structure. Astronomers could get a unique chance to peer inside the the black hole over the next few decades, depending on the composition of a gigantic gas cloud called G2.