Powerful Galactic Collision Might Send Solar System Flying Freely In Space

Mindy Sparks
January 7, 2019

It seems that this collision could occur much earlier than the predicted impact between our solar system and Andromeda which has been said to happen in 8 billion 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. This would then start devouring surrounding gas and grow in size by up to 10 times.

Dr. Marius Cautun, lead author of the research and a postdoctoral fellow in Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology, said that though two billion years may seem to be a long time, it is actually "very short" in terms of cosmic timescales.

Two irregular dwarf galaxies less than 200,000 light-years from the Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye. A new research effort supports the idea that the Milky Way is headed for a massive collision, and when that happens it could dramatically affect our Solar System and perhaps even Earth itself.

According to researchers, however, the collision between the two galaxies is behind schedule. 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.

The collision between the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Milky Way could be spectacular, the researchers say.


The Large Magellanic Cloud is the brightest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and only entered our neighbourhood about 1.5 billion years ago.

These galaxies can lead separate lives for many billions of years, but on occasion, they can find themselves sinking into the centre of their host galaxy, until at last they collide and are swallowed up completely. The results also indicated that its approach speed will eventually slow down, but it will nevertheless collide with the Milky Way in about two billion years' time.

With any galactic collision, there is a chance that solar systems like ours could be severely perturbed and may be hurled out of the galaxy. Scientists say larger galaxies are surrounded by smaller satellite galaxies orbiting around them in a way similar to how bees move around a hive.

"Beautiful as it is, our Universe is constantly evolving, often through violent events like the forthcoming collision with the Large Magellanic Cloud".

You may be aware that the huge and lovely spiral galaxy Andromeda will plow into the Milky Way about 5 billion years from now, livening up the night skies of any Earth creatures who are still around to look up. Recent observations reveal that the LMC has twice as much dark matter than originally thought, significantly increasing its mass. The milky way, explain measured at comparable star Islands, in the course of cosmic history only very few other galaxies incorporated, you.

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