Café & Kosmos 8 January 2013

G2: A cloud on its way to the black hole

4 January 2013

With Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert (Universe Cluster)

A gas cloud identified as G2 is rapidly moving toward the centre of the Milky Way. In 2013, it will make its closest approach to the supermassive black hole that is lurking there. The cloud has a mass a few times that of the Earth, and it is observable with the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Such an observation will be extraordinary for several reasons: first, the passage of a gas cloud near — or into — a black hole has never been observed before. Also, the evolution of the cloud is expected to be very fast. Theoreticians will therefore be able to check the predictions of their models very quickly. Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert, from the Excellence Cluster Universe, will discuss the possible fate of this cloud with the guests of the next Café & Kosmos, on 8 January 2013.

Please note that the Café & Kosmos events take place in German.

What: G2: A cloud on its way to the black hole
When: Tuesday, 8 January 2013, 19:00 until approximately 20:30
Where: Vereinsheim, Occamstr. 8, 80802 München, near Münchener Freiheit

Admission is free.



Olivier Hainaut
Karl Schwarzschildstr. 2
85748 Garching bei München
Tel: +49 89 3200 6752

Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
MPI für extraterrestrische Physik
MPI für Astrophysik
85748 Garching
Tel: +49 (89) 30 000 3980

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Poster of Café & Kosmos 8 January 2013
Poster of Café & Kosmos 8 January 2013