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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/looming-galactic-collision-will-rip-open-black-hole-milky-way-ncna955731

 

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The end of the Milky Way as we know it may come a few billion years ahead of schedule.

 

According to a new paper published Jan. 4 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, our home galaxy appears to be on a crash course with one of its nearest satellites, the spiral of stars known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

 

This cosmic crash, modeled in lovely and terrifying detail by a team of astrophysicists at Durham University in the U.K., could begin as soon as 2 billion years from now — roughly 2 billion to 3 billion years sooner than the long-anticipated collision between the Milky Way and its nearest cosmic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. (Adjust your doomsday clocks accordingly.)

 

But the good news:

 

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Fortunately for any descendants you might leave 2 billion years from now, only a few stars inhabiting the general region of Earth's sun will be affected by the merger, the authors wrote. The researchers predicted that any risk to life on Earth is "very unlikely" — and, on the brighter side, the Milky Way's brand-new quasar could actually treat future Earthlings to "a spectacular display of cosmic fireworks," according to study coauthor Carlos Frenk, director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham.

 

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53 minutes ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

I wonder what it would look like seeing two stars collide during an event like this. 

 

No stars will collide, I can assure you. You could collide 100 galaxies and the chances of any stars colliding would still be a fraction of 1%. Space is just too big, and stars are far too small. Basically no individual planets would be affected by this, which is crazy to think about.

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26 minutes ago, CitizenVectron said:

No stars will collide, I can assure you. You could collide 100 galaxies and the chances of any stars colliding would still be a fraction of 1%. Space is just too big, and stars are far too small. Basically no individual planets would be affected by this, which is crazy to think about.

 

Deep state fake news.

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53 minutes ago, CitizenVectron said:

 

No stars will collide, I can assure you. You could collide 100 galaxies and the chances of any stars colliding would still be a fraction of 1%. Space is just too big, and stars are far too small. Basically no individual planets would be affected by this, which is crazy to think about.

Yeah, I know. 

 

 

....take all the fun out of it. :(

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