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Huge gas cloud will hit Milky Way #193788
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Originally Posted by BBC
A giant cloud of hydrogen gas is racing towards a collision with the Milky Way, astronomers have announced.

Smith's Cloud, as it is known, may set off spectacular fireworks when it smacks into our galaxy in 20-40 million years.

It contains enough hydrogen to make a million stars like the Sun, say experts, and its leading edge is already hitting gas from our galaxy.

When it does hit, the cloud could indeed set off a new burst of star formation in the Milky Way.

Details of the work, by a team at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, were unveiled at the 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas.

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Re: Huge gas cloud will hit Milky Way [Re: Pomp] #193792
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In 20 - 40 million years time ?? If I'm still about then, I really WILL have got good value from my pension !!

The eyesight probably won't be up to much, so I'll miss the best bits.

Some of the younger folk on this forum might be in with a chance though ?

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Re: Huge gas cloud will hit Milky Way [Re: Cali_16v] #193861
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20-40 million years?! Too long to wait for fireworks lol

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my god thats ages away shame ill never see it or hear of it
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