Simulation Results (IMAGE) National Institutes of Natural Sciences Caption (Top) These are simulation results for two moving clouds affected by a strong compact gravity source. The diagram shows changes in the positions and shapes of the clouds over a period of 900 thousand years (starting from t=0) at intervals of 100 thousand years. The axes are in parsecs (1 parsec = 3.26 light years). (Bottom) Comparison of observational results (in gray) and the simulation (red, magenta, and orange) in terms of the shape and velocity structure. The shapes and velocities of the clouds at 700 thousand years in the simulation match the observational results well. Credit Tomoharu Oka (Keio University) Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.