Researchers and astronomers have predicted that a newly discovered object, a gas cloud,hurtling towards the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is likely to be consumed by it in about 18 months.

As per sources, the expected 2013 rendezvous of the spotted gaint gas cloud, the size of a small planet, which is rushing towards the black hole at a speed of five million miles an hour, may offer scientists the first chance to see such an event that lies about 40 billion kilometes of the black hole.

Initially, the object, which was discovered using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, was thought to be a gas cloud formed from material from nearby stars.

Now, an analysis by the experts from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics suggested that the newly found object could have a different origin such as form a disc of material that would have gone on to form planets, had its parent star not been pulled towards the supermassive black hole.