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Milky way will collide with the nearby galaxy, solar system, hurtling into space, report says

Image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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A nearby galaxy will slam into the Milky way and the sending of the solar system, where Earth resides, hurtling in space, Forbes reported, with reference to an article in the Royal Astronomical Society.

The impact of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a dwarf galaxy, and could also wake up of the Galaxy’s dormant black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, the outlet reported, citing the study. The hole would devour the surrounding gas, ten times larger and spread of high-energy radiation, the report said.

But these “cosmic fireworks” are not likely to impact on the life on Earth, unless it has already been thrown into the space, according to the report.

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The event could happen in about two billion years, according to astrophysicists at Durham University, who, together with the University of Helsinki in Finland, Forbes reported.

“While two billion years is a very long time in comparison with a human life, it is a very short time on the time-scales, cosmic,” said lead author Dr. Marius Cautun, a postdoctoral fellow in Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, according to Forbes.

“The destruction of the LMC, because it is swallowed up by the Milky way, will wreak havoc in our galaxy, the awakening of the black hole that resides in the center and the rotation of our galaxy in an” active galactic nucleus or quasar.”

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