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The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way was recently observed flaring to over 75 times its normal brightness in near-infrared

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  1. [4]
    Deimos
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    The researcher's Twitter account is here, where he's been answering a fair number of questions and showing some other information. I enjoyed this tweet in particular, in response to someone asking...

    The researcher's Twitter account is here, where he's been answering a fair number of questions and showing some other information. I enjoyed this tweet in particular, in response to someone asking him how long ago it happened:

    Depending on your point of view, this happened either on May 13, 2019 UT or 26,000 years ago.

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      GrafHasenzahn
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      Do we already know what caused this? And does it have any effect on our lives?

      Do we already know what caused this? And does it have any effect on our lives?

      2 votes
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        Loire
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        As per the article The general theory is something was shed from a closely orbiting object and passed into the black hole. Subatomic particles from a nearby star or perturbed gas around the black...

        As per the article The general theory is something was shed from a closely orbiting object and passed into the black hole. Subatomic particles from a nearby star or perturbed gas around the black hole.

        3 votes
        1. GrafHasenzahn
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          Thanks! I just quickly read through the article. And since English is not my first language I didn't understand everything. Sorry I had bother you. have a nice day

          Thanks! I just quickly read through the article. And since English is not my first language I didn't understand everything. Sorry I had bother you. have a nice day

          3 votes