It is predicted that our galaxy, the Milky Way will collide with one of its nearest cosmic galaxies known as Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in 2 billion years.
LMC is one of the satellite galaxies that orbit Milky Way. It is a spiral of stars and dust having 5 percent of the stellar mass as compared to our galaxy. A study conducted at Durham University, United Kingdom revealed that LMC will hit the Milky Way galaxy in a period of 2 billion years.
This collision is believed to occur before Andromeda-Milky Way collision which is predicted to occur in about 3.75 billion years. The gravitational pull is the main reason behind these cosmic events.
This will cause a collision between individual stars and planets. Though the LMC is big, it doesn’t have enough mass to destroy our galaxy. But as it weighs as much as 250 million suns, it will still have a major impact on the solar system.
It might result in shaking the Milky Way and ejecting the solar system into outer space.
The catastrophe could expand dormant black holes at the center of our galaxy to ten times their present mass due to devouring the massive gas clouds and stars from the LMC.
The black holes will then become active, emitting jets of bright high energy radiations and creating a spectacular sight of cosmic firework from earth.
It is being reported that there will be a disturbance at the core of Milky Way due to the collision. Many stars might also be ejected into intergalactic space or halo.