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Epic Galactic 'Rainstorm' Feeds Monster Black Hole

It was always assumed that supermassive black holes consumed hot gas slow and steady -- but one black hole is about to binge-eat a massive cold gas dinner.

June 8, 2016
1:00 PM EDT
The cosmic weather report, as illustrated in this artist's concept, calls for condensing clouds of cold molecular gas around the Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy. | NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry/SkyWorks; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)