Milky Way on Collision Course With Large Magellanic Cloud

Milky Way on Collision Course With Large Magellanic Cloud

With that being said, this is the earliest predicted impact that could happen aside from the one between our solar system and another neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, which is meant to happen in four times that amount of years.

If the catastrophic collision wakes up the black hole sleeping at the center of our galaxy, this dark beast will begin devouring everything in sight, growing ten times larger than it already is.

The research report published in the journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, revealed that this cosmic collision will create real havoc on our galaxy.

"There is a small chance that we might not escape unscathed from this collision between the two galaxies, which could knock us out of the Milky Way and into space", lead researcher Marius Cautun, a postdoctoral fellow in Durham's Institute for Computational Cosmology, said in a statement. New data suggests we'll hit another galaxy well before that, though, and the super-smash could send our Solar System headfirst on a path out of the Milky Way.

The collision would be spectacular, according to experts. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices.

Our Solar System has remained largely unchanged for billions of years, and it's likely to remain that way for a long time to come, but that hasn't stopped astronomers from looking far into the future in an attempt to forecast some major changes happening to our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The distances between stars are so vast that even a galactic smashup probably won't jostle our solar system.

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Until now, scientists have predicted life on Earth would be wiped out about four billion years from now by changes in the Sun.

In the case of Large Magellanic Cloud, the satellite galaxy entered our neighborhood about 1.5 billion years ago.

The LMC is current moving away from our galaxy at a high speed, and at present it's around 63,000 light years away.

But recent measurements suggest it has almost twice as much dark matter as we bargained on. But the smaller satellite galaxies are torn apart and become part of the larger galaxy. "This is where [the researchers] with their models show how a merger in two to three billion years with our largest satellite galaxy will make us average again: larger more active central black hole and more stars of typical chemical composition in the surrounding of the Milky Way".

Co-author Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University, said: "Beautiful as it is, our Universe is constantly evolving, often through violent events like the forthcoming collision with the Large Magellanic Cloud".

"This represents very slim pickings when compared to nearby galaxies of the same size as the Milky Way".

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