Merged Stars at its Center

November 5, 2014 7:52 PM

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According to recent observations, astronomers are now almost certain that G2 was a complex of binary stars orbiting in tandem around the galaxy’s black hole. They merged afterwards into an extremely large star, cloaked in dust and gas.

This object has been dubbed G2 and was first believed to have been comprised of hydrogen gas. Astronomers soon came to realize that, had it been a hydrogen cloud, the black hole at the center of our galaxy would have already gulped it up. However, G2 is unaffected and continues its orbit around the ...

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