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7.5.09

Solar System May Become Galactic Outcast


Our Solar System is destined to be sent flying towards the outer reaches of the galaxy when Andromeda galaxy collides with the Milky Way in a few billion years of time.

Recent calculations by theorists T J Cox and Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) suggest that huge gravitational forces that will grip the two galaxies will fling our Solar System four times farther out than its current position to a distance of 100,000 light years from the galactic centre.

The effects of the merger will start to be seen perhaps in as little as two billion years time. When it happens, the view of the night sky will dractically change from our current view. After five billion years, once the collision is over, the white band of Milky Way will disappear as the two galaxies merge and eventually our night sky will appear a mass of billions of stars.

Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy collision simulation picture
this collision is said to happen in 2 billion years of time



3 comments:

Shu Fen said...

Hello, dropping by innit :)

Source please ^^

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ateh said...

research by Prof. Avi Loeb, Harvard University (dept od astronomy)...
u can read his research & findings

http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/

im his ex-student anyway :)

joll said...

hey bro, thanks 4 the comment..
suke sangat with ur info ;)