A Supermassive Black Hole Is Heading Earth’s Way at 110 Km per Second

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There is a massive black hole with millions of times more mass than our sun is plunging towards Earth and will one day annihilate life as we know it. This particular black hole is coming towards us at 110 kilometres per second and is at the center of the Great Andromeda Galaxy – the Milky Way’s closest and much larger neighbor.

At the center of the most known galaxies, there exist a supermassive black hole which stars spin around and helps keep everything in formation. But such is the powerful gravitational pull of the Milky Way and Andromeda that they are being drawn toward each other and will one day crash.

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Fraser Cain, publisher of space website Universe Today, wrote for Phys.org
“There’s a black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. And not just any black hole, it’s a supermassive black hole with more than 4.1 million times the mass of the Sun. It’s right over there, in the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. Located just 26,000 light-years away. And as we speak, it’s in the process of tearing apart entire stars and star systems, occasionally consuming them, adding to its mass like a voracious shark.”

Due to the size of Andromeda however, there is only going to be one winner when it smashes into the Milky Way. But, as Andromeda is 2.5 million light years away, it will take over four billion years to reach us, so we are safe for now.


Mr Cain said:
“Panic will happen when the Milky Way collides with Andromeda in about 4 billion years. Suddenly, you’ll have two whole clouds of stars interacting in all kinds of ways, like an unstable blended family. Stars that would have been safe will careen past other stars and be deflected down into the maw of either of the two supermassive black holes on hand. Andromeda’s black hole could be 100 million times the mass of the Sun, so it’s a bigger target for stars with a death wish.”

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23 comments:

  1. yes but our star is supposed to become a Red Giant and Destroy all life on earth before Andromeda ever gets here, also the distances between stars is so massive already within each Galaxy the odds of Earth being in one of the systems that gets slung into the black hole is about 100 trillion to 1, but all life here will be extinguished long before except possibly water bears they are tenacious little survivors.

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    1. Actually, Red Giants have a less gravitational pull than our Sun. So when our sun turns into a Red Giant, hopefully during that phase our Sun pushes Earth further out and hopefully we will be safe and not be consumed from our Sun.

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    2. uhm....we cant survive either way without our sun.

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    3. By that time we will have mastered orbit and will become 1000% self sufficient no longer needing a sun.

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    4. :o Really? We require a sun? Well as a being from the created being it's new creator, I fail to see what uses we really have for a sun in over 1billion years. By that time our children will have constructed Earth in such a way, we will generate our own sunlight, and earth will basically become a star cruiser. The most cost effective approach to building a massive ship is realizing, you're already on one. How to power the drive is simple, it's complex and requires AI to help out but it can be done.

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    5. You've watched too many optimistic scifi movies. It is more probable humanity will destroy itself within a couple hundreds or thousands years at most. Just take a look around you and see how the new generations get lazier and stupider than the ones before, how religion (especially violent ones) are winning more and more over science, and so on. Want an example? "Flat Earth" theory would have been a laughing matter 20 years ago, but now it has millions of adepts. Those medieval retards joining ISIS conquered more ground than Europe's surface, in a couple of years, and now, instead of being defeated, they are spreading all over the Earth and infecting people wit small intellect with their ideology. It is not hard to see the grim future in these conditions.

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  2. Ridiculous news like this only instigate panic ! The 2 galaxies will merge. The space between celestial bodies is so huge that this may happen even without any collision, besides, as said before, our solar system will be long gone before this will ever happen. The title "... is heading Earth..." is another bogus. That's almost like shooting a pellet at a orange tree with your eyes closed and saying you are going to hit the smallest orange on the left.

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  3. There exists* . . . also, click bait

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  4. What a stupid story. This kind of pop tabloid science BS just gives stupid people like climate change skeptic, flat Earthers and anti-vaxxers a reason to point and laugh!

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  5. Will all be reborn about 5000 times before this happens.

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  6. Effing evolto

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  7. dear sci-techuniverse, please shove this article up your collective arseholes as it's the only thing big enough to engulf a supermassive black hole.

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  8. This is completely untrue. Based on the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, the Earth would (if it made it that long, considering our Sun should go red giant before then) at most have the bottom of it grazed ever so slightly by the event horizon. Remember, the Earth is flat. If it was round, we'd all be screwed.

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    1. If Earth is flat, how thick is it? And what form does it have: square, rectangular? And is there the end or a corner of the surface? Can you fall from the Earth into Universe (or somewhere else) when not careful when standing on its edge? People know nothing but talking a lot.

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  9. In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and is widely regarded as a bad move.

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  10. CORNDOGS ARE FAR SUPERIOR THAN THE REGULAR HOT DOG

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  11. who really knows? Our fates are literally determined by random shit. Were on a pebble moving at ridiculous speed through a continuous loop. Kinda the same on earth as well as we are part of the same looming nothing. Every year some new report on how they got this wrong and that right. No one knows. And by the time we have the technology to figure it out I think its gonna be quite boring. Or we will already be long gone.

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  12. rather be jerkin my gherkin than reading this...

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  13. Can I join you on your Milky Way?

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  14. Distances between stars in both galaxies are so great, that there is very little chance that any given star will collide with another. E.g., even our Voyagers 1 and 2 -- as far as they have travelled all these years, have covered only 1/2,000 what would be the distance between Sol and Proxima Centauri -- the next closes central star. Moot issue, as humans would be long gone anyway.

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