There’s a bizarre group of shapeshifting objects at the center of the Milky Way

In 2012, black hole spectators thought they had hit the jackpot: a gas cloud, dubbed G2, was swinging into a potential danger zone at the Milky Way’s core. For two years, astronomers watched with bated breath as G2 sped closer to the galaxy’s central black hole—Sagittarius A* (read “A star”). With a few million times the mass of our sun, the monstrosity’s intense gravitational pull was going to shred the wispy gas cloud and feed ravenously on its remains.

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