The Milky Way Could Crash Into Another Galaxy Billions of Years Earlier Than Predicted

The Milky Way Could Crash Into Another Galaxy Billions of Years Earlier Than Predicted

According to the leading theory, the Milky Way will collide with one of its closest neighbors, Andromeda, sometime between 6 billion and 8 billion years from now. A new study predicts our galaxy will collide with a galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud between 1 billion and 4 billion years from now. This is a rather surprising change in schedule, considering that the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is close enough to be seen with the naked eye, is currently moving away from the Milky Way.

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