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The Milky Way's Dark, Starving Pit

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Science  30 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5624, pp. 1356-1358
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5624.1356

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Probing deeper than ever before into the heart of the Milky Way, astronomers have detected giant stars hurtling around an unseen mass in tight orbits at as much as 3% of the speed of light, all but proving that our galaxy harbors a huge black hole. Now astronomers are trying to understand why it consumes so little of the available gas, among other conundrums.