Earth Likely to Relocate in Galactic Collision

Posted on June 11, 2009 by

Don’t worry, apparently the first chance of this happening is about 2 billion years away. You will need more than just ‘Oil of Olay‘ to keep you around to see it happen…

According to a not-so-new (2007) National Geographic article:

The sun and Earth will probably be spun out into a lonely region of space when the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies finish colliding about five billion years from now, researchers say in a new study.

There’s also a small chance that our solar system will be swept from its home in the Milky Way and scooped up by Andromeda during an earlier close encounter, in just three-and-a-half-billion years.

So… we are apparently likely to be flung to the far reaches of this new, merged galaxy that has been nicknamed ‘Milkomeda‘ (who says Astrophysicists don’t have a sense of humour?)

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Just more proof to my theory that our Solar System and life on Earth is really just a big petri dish experiment and something doesn’t want us contaminating the rest of the lab! ūüėČ

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