Conditions right for stars, planets near Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

Blobs of gas near galaxy’s center appear ripe for nurturing new stellar systems

clouds of gas

SIZED JUST RIGHT  Clouds of gas (white box), observed with ALMA, appear to have the right mass to be young stars, even though they aren’t far from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way (green dot).

Courtesy of F. Yusef-Zadeh/Northwestern University

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