A Catastrophic Galactic Collision Knock Us Out Of The Milky Way And Send Us Into Interstellar Space

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The latest research conducted by astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years.

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.

The catastrophic impact between our solar system and the Large Magellanic Cloud would have the result of waking up the dormant black hole from our galaxy, and this would be devastating.

The black hole would begin devouring surrounding gas, and it would increase its size by about ten times.

The non-active black hole would reportedly throw out high-energy radiation, and even if these cosmic fireworks would probably not affect life here on Earth, experts say that there is still a tiny chance that the initial collision could send the Solar System into space.

The extremely interesting findings have been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The collision could send us into Interstellar Space

Lead author Dr. Marius Cautun, a postdoctoral fellow in Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, said: “While two billion years is an extremely long time compared to a human lifetime, it is a very short time on cosmic timescales.

“The destruction of the Large Magellanic Cloud, as it is devoured by the Milky Way, will wreak havoc with our galaxy, waking up the black hole that lives at its center and turning our galaxy into an ‘active galactic nucleus’ or quasar.

“This phenomenon will generate powerful jets of high energy radiation emanating from just outside the black hole. While this will not affect our Solar System, there is a small chance that we might not escape unscathed from the collision between the two galaxies which could knock us out of the Milky Way and into interstellar space.”

The collision would be spectacular, according to experts.


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