Our Milky Way Galaxy On Collision Course with Huge Gas Cloud – 40 Million Years from Now

“Smith's Cloud is eleven thousand light-years long, 2,500 light-years wide and is only 8,000 light-years from our Milky Way Galaxy's disk. It is moving toward our galaxy at more than 150 miles per second, aimed to strike at an angle of about 45 degrees.”

- National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Very Large Array (VLA) near Socorro, New Mexico. Image courtesy NRAO/Laure Wilson Neish.
The Very Large Array (VLA) near Socorro, New Mexico. Image courtesy NRAO/Laure Wilson Neish.

January 12 , 2008  Austin, Texas  -  The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. Its headquarters and technology center are in Charlottesville, Virginia which coordinate the research of the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia; the Very Large Array, Very Long Baseline Array and Expanded Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico; and two other instruments in Tucson, Arizona, and Santiago, Chile.

 

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