Our Solar System has remained largely for billions of years, and it is likely to remain that way for a long time to come, but that did not stop the prospects of looking into the future in an attempt to predict some major changes happening to us. Home galaxy, the Milky Way.
A new research effort supports the idea that the Milky Way is headed for massive collision, and when that happens it can dramatically affect our solar system and perhaps even ground itself. The good news is that humanity will probably be the next, one way or another.
The scholar, led by Diorham University, focuses on the relationship between the Milky Way and a satellite galaxy known as the Great Magellanic Cloud (LMB for short). The LMC is moving away from our galaxy at high speed, and today at 63,000 light years. However, there are ways to change, and computer models suggest that the LMC will eventually collide with our galaxy in a chaotic, swirling mess that may even throw our solar system into place.
In the paper, the researchers explained that an initial glancing blow between the two galaxies could fly our solar system into place and potentially even affect the habitability of the Earth itself. After the collision, the supermassive black hole thought to rest in the center of the Milky Way may grow up to ten times its current size.
But what does all this mean for humanity? Well, not much at the moment. The event is not expected to take more than 2.5 billion years or so, and if mankind hasn't even landed in an uninhabitable wasteland on its own, we'll surely have long enough to come up with an exit strategy if one Is needed. Happily.