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Milky Way Galaxy Doomed to Head-On Crash with Andromeda (We'Re DooMed In 4 billion years Alert!! )
SPACE.com ^ | 5/31/12 | Mike Wall

Posted on 05/31/2012 6:54:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Four billion years from now, the Milky Way galaxy as we know it will cease to exist.

Our Milky Way is bound for a head-on collision with the similar-sized Andromeda galaxy, researchers announced today (May 31). Over time, the huge galactic smashup will create an entirely new hybrid galaxy, one likely bearing an elliptical shape rather than the Milky Way's trademark spiral-armed disk.

"We do know of other galaxies in the local universe around us that are in the process of colliding and merging," Roeland van der Marel, of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, told reporters today. "However, what makes the future merger of the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way so special is that it will happen to us."

Astronomers have long known that the Milky Way and Andromeda, which is also known as M31, are barrelling toward one another at a speed of about 250,000 mph (400,000 kph). They have also long suspected that the two galaxies may slam into each other billions of years down the road. ..

However, such discussions of the future galactic crash have always remained somewhat speculative, because no one had managed to measure Andromeda's sideways motion — a key component of that galaxy's path through space.

But that's no longer the case.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: andromeda; astronomy; doomed; galaxy; m31; milkyway; science; xplanets
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You can trust that FEMA is on it.. and the EPA which will declare it a SuPerFund site.
1 posted on 05/31/2012 6:54:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

There’s also a possibility we could get hit by the Triangulum Galaxy, too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulum_Galaxy

So we could get a the old one-two punch!


2 posted on 05/31/2012 6:57:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let’s not get too excited. Maybe this will a good collision like the time the guy with the chocolate bar collided with the guy eating a jar of peanut butter.


3 posted on 05/31/2012 6:59:35 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: NormsRevenge
SO... our planet is moving at 250,000mph +/- the speed of our solar system, and +/- the speed of our planet around the Sun.

Still... it's a pretty smooth ride.

4 posted on 05/31/2012 7:00:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

We have no time to waste. If we reduce our carbon footprint now, that change will effect the rotation of our galaxy and over 4 billion years, may be just enough to avoid the collision. But we must act NOW!!! We’re running out of time!!!!

...For the children...


5 posted on 05/31/2012 7:02:09 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NormsRevenge

Which brings up a question.

If all objects in the Universe are moving, exactly what stationary object are they basing speed measurements on?


6 posted on 05/31/2012 7:02:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: NormsRevenge
Please buy some 'galaxy' credits from me now, and in four billion Years, I will prevent the galaxies from colliding.
7 posted on 05/31/2012 7:05:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: NormsRevenge

NOW ... are we ready to stop driving our SUV’s?


8 posted on 05/31/2012 7:06:26 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: NormsRevenge
Our Milky Way is bound for a head-on collision with the similar-sized Andromeda galaxy, researchers announced today (May 31).

I tell ya, science writers should have at least some knowledge of the subjects they write on. The impending galactic collision has been common knowledge for decades.
9 posted on 05/31/2012 7:13:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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That Mayan calendar-chiseler was on the right track, but off by a few years.


10 posted on 05/31/2012 7:18:19 PM PDT by Rio
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To: UCANSEE2

If all objects in the Universe are moving, exactly what stationary object are they basing speed measurements on?

Good question. It’s all relative.

Albert E.


11 posted on 05/31/2012 7:18:44 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, if we keep our eyes peeled, might see some life as Andromeda goes rumbling by.


12 posted on 05/31/2012 7:19:17 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: UCANSEE2

My 8th grade science teacher couldn’t answer that one either.


13 posted on 05/31/2012 7:19:35 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: NormsRevenge

I, for one, will welcome our new Kelvan overlords...

14 posted on 05/31/2012 7:21:03 PM PDT by mikrofon (Kelinda, ST-TOS: "By Any Other Name")
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To: NormsRevenge; windcliff
The Mayan calendar was right. The world galaxy will end on 12/21/ 4000002012.
15 posted on 05/31/2012 7:21:53 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: NormsRevenge

‘This universe ain’t big enough for both of us.’


16 posted on 05/31/2012 7:23:10 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: NormsRevenge

And just when we’re re-doing our kitchen countertops.


17 posted on 05/31/2012 7:27:53 PM PDT by lurk
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t lose any sleep over this, wondering what will become of mankind. Mankind will be long gone, I would give even money on 150 years.


18 posted on 05/31/2012 7:33:15 PM PDT by Beatthedrum
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To: NormsRevenge

So does this mean I don’t have to cancel any future appointments? or clean house? etc.


19 posted on 05/31/2012 7:33:37 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: NormsRevenge

Just as I was about to get my papers in order, I read that it’s 4 billion years from now. I wonder if the Mayan calendar prediction will have any effect on this? Sounds like we’re doomed no matter what!


20 posted on 05/31/2012 7:34:21 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: UCANSEE2

From what I understand recently it has been found that The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are heading towards each other at about 4000,000 miles an hour. Not to worry though. Andromeda can be seen with the naked eye in some parts of the world if there isn’t any light-pollution and you can see it easy with a good pair of binoculars. Long as you can see it coming.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 7:35:23 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Andromeda? Isn’t that where the Eddorians hold sway? Roh-roh....


22 posted on 05/31/2012 7:36:42 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: NormsRevenge
Four billion years from now, the Milky Way galaxy as we know it will cease to exist.

It'll be here before you know it.

23 posted on 05/31/2012 7:38:24 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: NormsRevenge

Made-Up science alert!


24 posted on 05/31/2012 7:39:05 PM PDT by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if Goldman Sachs has a hedge fund setup to cover this bet?


25 posted on 05/31/2012 7:41:28 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: NormsRevenge
From what I have read this isn't really a problem since the distance between stars in a galaxy is so large, two galaxies can pass through each other without any stars colliding.

It would change the shape of the galaxies because of gravitational pulls and that is about it.

26 posted on 05/31/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT by garjog
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To: NormsRevenge

Here is a simulation of the collision. Pretty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd9cBlvfjow


27 posted on 05/31/2012 7:48:29 PM PDT by garjog
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To: nixonsnose
Made-Up science alert!

In what way exactly?

28 posted on 05/31/2012 7:48:44 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: NormsRevenge

There goes the neighborhood.


29 posted on 05/31/2012 7:50:48 PM PDT by Hamilcar_Barca (Keep the main thing the main thing - defeat Obama)
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To: jmacusa

There is no light pollution where I live and I can see it coming!


30 posted on 05/31/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: NormsRevenge
In a high school science class, the teacher states that we are all doomed because in four billion years our Milky Way Galaxy will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy. In the back row David is jumping up and down waving his hand. The teacher says, Yes David, did you have a question. David says, How many years did your say??? The teacher repeats 4 billion years. David lets out a big sigh, Thank God, I thought you said 4 Million!!!
31 posted on 05/31/2012 7:55:38 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought electing Obama was supposed to put an end to natural disasters of this type. WTF!


32 posted on 05/31/2012 7:56:22 PM PDT by montag813
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To: NormsRevenge
Wow! Thanks for the heads-up!!!
33 posted on 05/31/2012 7:57:36 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: jmacusa
The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are heading towards each other at about 4000,000 miles an hour

How fast is 4000,000mph in the decimal system?

: )

34 posted on 05/31/2012 8:11:55 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: nixonsnose
Made-Up science alert!

ALL science is 'made-up'.

35 posted on 05/31/2012 8:13:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: jmacusa
Andromeda can be seen with the naked eye in some parts of the world

AND... here's a naked Andromeda seen with the eye in some part of the world.


36 posted on 05/31/2012 8:16:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: mikrofon

Just as long as they dont turn us into small cubes of minerals after they have had their way.


37 posted on 05/31/2012 8:22:34 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: garjog

Looks like we mostly get sucked into a black hole..........


38 posted on 05/31/2012 8:27:32 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Old North State
Good question. It’s all relative.

It's all good.

Bob Dylan.

39 posted on 05/31/2012 8:33:44 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: doorgunner69
Looks like we mostly get sucked into a black hole..........


40 posted on 05/31/2012 8:37:53 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: NormsRevenge

I am sure it has something to do with hot air


41 posted on 05/31/2012 8:40:01 PM PDT by dila813
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To: NormsRevenge
Saw the NASA press conference on this. Had to laugh at how seriously some of the reporters were taking the news...as if it mattered.
42 posted on 05/31/2012 8:42:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NormsRevenge

...Women and minorities hardest hit.


43 posted on 05/31/2012 9:12:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Everyone put on your sun glasses and “Don’t Panic” buttons.


44 posted on 05/31/2012 9:23:19 PM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: NormsRevenge

Everyone put on your sun glasses and “Don’t Panic” buttons.


45 posted on 05/31/2012 9:23:35 PM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: NormsRevenge

BUSH’S FAULT!!


46 posted on 05/31/2012 9:23:40 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: NormsRevenge
4 billion years, huh.
Guess we don't have to sweat it anymore when the sun becomes a red giant in 5 billion years.
47 posted on 05/31/2012 9:48:44 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The ultimate game of chicken. I’m betting Andromeda will flinch first!


48 posted on 05/31/2012 9:54:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: NormsRevenge

I just hope Andromeda Galaxy’s middle name isn’t “Wayne”...


49 posted on 05/31/2012 10:01:22 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: NormsRevenge
If "4 billion" years sounds like a large number, remember that Obama spent trillions of dollars in less than 3 years.

:-(

50 posted on 05/31/2012 10:11:02 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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