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Wade Hampton III

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Our Galactic Future

PostTue Jan 08, 2019 5:45 am

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).
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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.) ... m=referral

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