The Galactic Center: A Nice Place to Visit — But You Wouldn’t Want to Live There
Astronomical observations of the galactic center region show a deep gravitational potential well that is partially filled with dense gas. Gas at the very center is less dense and in a peculiar ionization state. This unstable situation probably results in bursts of lethal radiation every few million years.
KeywordsBlack Hole Star Formation Gravitational Potential Massive Star Radio Galaxy
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