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Hubble Finds Origin of Huge Cloud Crashing into our Galaxy

  1. Dec 15, 2015 #1
    In 2008, astronomers discovered that a multi-million-solar-mass cloud named Smith's Cloud would hit the Milky Way's disk in about 27 million years. Now new Hubble observations have identified the mysterious cloud's likely origin.

    Link: New Scientist
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  3. Dec 20, 2015 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. Jan 3, 2016 #3
    The abstract of the article is available here.

    And a draft version can be found on arXiv.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
  5. Jan 4, 2016 #4
    That cloud certainly has an odd shape, makes me wonder if one of the so far theoretical 'fast moving Galactic scale black hole' could have torn a chunk from the gas passing thru, the cloud has a sort of bunched up look, similar to cotton candy caught on a stick, the BH being said stick, yet it has obviously moved on fast enough that the coud was stripped away from it's tenuous hold by the extremely hot gas and plasma surrounding the galaxy. Nice Find!
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