Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is constantly hurtling towards our nearest spiral neighbor, Andromeda, which will one day swallow our entire existence. As a matter of fact, the Milky Way itself has been incubated by eating several tenuous star systems and galaxies for the past millions of years. There is no doubt, but fear, to say that our galaxy is on its way to be gobbled up by Andromeda, the order has been placed and will reach its destination any time after 4.5 billion years.
Elena Murchikova, a theoretical astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., worked with her colleagues to use data gathered in 2015 by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover a thin accretion disk of cool gas extremely close to Milky Way’s black hole, Sagittarius A*. Material from the inner disk was […]