Saturday, April 6, 2013

Giant Twins!

     Fasten your seat belt, because in about 4 billion years, our Milky Way galaxy will crash into our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy.  Of course, our sun will be too large and hot by then to allow water to remain liquid on this planet, rendering life here impossible, but imagine the excitement to come!

     Scientists estimate that the two galaxies are twins in astronomical terms, both being around ten billion years old.  Once the two galaxies coalesce into one gigantic galaxy, which could be renamed the Milkdromeda galaxy, the two enormous dark holes at the center of each former galaxy will merge into one. 

    Merging into one -- sounds a little like Twin Souls, doesn't it?  Two entities created from one (as in the Big Bang), developing and growing, and, after years and lifetimes, finally meeting and melding and becoming one again.  Pretty cool. 

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