The Galactic Center: A Nice Place to Visit — But You Wouldn’t Want to Live There

  • Antony A. Stark
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 144)


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.


Black Hole Star Formation Gravitational Potential Massive Star Radio Galaxy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony A. Stark
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  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesHolmdelUSA

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