Scientists from Durham University have predicted that 2 billion years from now, our Milky Way will collide with the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a spiral of stars and dust. Currently, the LMC is at a safer distance from us; about 200,000 lightyears. These celestial bodies can collide after a long time and the view will be awesome.
As the Milky Way will absorb smaller bodies in its neighborhood, the black hole of the galaxy will gulp the clouds of gases and the stars from the Large Magellanic Cloud. Previously, it was predicted that another galaxy of Andromeda would collide with the Milky Way after 4 billion to 8 billion years’ time. As per the prediction, it would form a giant galaxy together and would be in an elliptical shape. However, now it seems that LMC can impact the Milky Way
LMC is known to be the brightest satellite galaxy in the Milky Way. As per a prediction in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, LMC has almost twice the dark matter than previously believed. That means it has a larger mass than expected and would lose a high rate of energy and will definitely collide with the Milky Way. The LMC was seen as an amazing display of cosmic fireworks.
If this collision happens, a number of shiny stars will be added to our night sky. But, how this collision will shape our galactic geography, is another big question. Some stars may be sucked into the darkness and some may be thrown miles away from the market. There are chances that our own solar system may get ejected from the galaxy along with the Earth.
But, the predictions from scientists say that Earth will not be affected by this. The radiations from this collision will not affect our solar system. So, there is nothing much to worry about. If everything goes well, maybe our descendants will get to enjoy a beautiful show in the night sky.
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