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Will a black hole swallow our galaxy earlier than first thought?


A massive black hole is a threat to our galaxy. Black holes are even more dangerous than scientists used to believe.

Black holes, which prevent anything – including light – from escaping their grasp, are initially formed by collapsed stars.

Astronomers previously thought black holes were ‘fed’ when galaxies crashed into one another.

But new information, published in the Astrophysical Journal, suggests black holes are growing surprisingly quickly –  whether a galaxy has a violent history of dramatic collisions or not.

The black hole found in the middle of our Milky Way Galaxy, for example, has been consuming the equivalent of one Sun every 3,000 years.

Over the next 10 years, the black hole is predicted to swallow up as much as 15 times the mass of the Earth.

A gas cloud recently found near the center of the Earth’s Milky Way will be ripped apart by the central black hole later this year.



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