CATACLYSM MILLIONS OF YEARS AWAYCATACLYSM MILLIONS OF YEARS AWAY: An artist’s impression of Smith’s Cloud approaching the Milky Way. The cloud, which will hit our galaxy in 20-40 million years, is named after the astronomer who discovered it in 1963 and contains enough hydrogen to make a million stars like the Sun. Eleven thousand light years long and 2,500 light years wide, the cloud is only 8,000 light years away from the Milky Way’s disk. The celestial formation is careening towards the galaxy at more than 150 miles per second and is aimed at the disk at an angle of about 45 degrees

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source: TOI


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