A Nearby Galaxy Will Collide With Our Milky Way In A Few Billion Years, Scientists Say

Extremely intense radiation from newly born, ultra-bright stars has blown a glowing spherical bubble in the nebula N83B, also known as NGC 1748, March 28, 2001. A new Hubble telescope image has helped to decipher the complex interplay of gas and radiation of a star-forming region in the nearby galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The image graphically illustrates just how these massive stars sculpt their environment by generating powerful winds that alter the shape of the parent gaseous nebula. These processes are also seen in our Milky Way in regions like the Orion Nebula.

According to a new paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a nearby galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is on a crash course with our Milky Way that could destabilize our solar system and doom life on Planet Earth – should any life be left by the time the event occurs. As reported by The Guardian, the paper estimates the collision will take place within the next 2 billion years

Previous tracking on the Large Magellanic Cloud had the satellite galaxy orbiting the Milky Way harmlessly, but new simulations run by astrophysicists at Durham University see the galaxy slowing down and ‘crashing’ into us. Of course, space is vast enough that it is unlikely any stars or planets would actually smash together, but that won’t stop the eventual merging of galaxies from having ‘secondary effects’ that could screw things up for Earth.

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by – inquisitr.com

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