posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 01:59 PM
Our Milky Way Galaxy On Collision Course with Huge Gas Cloud
- 40 Million Years from Now Red
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.
On Friday, January 11, 2008, NRAO released the following report at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas: “A giant cloud of
hydrogen gas is speeding toward a collision with our Milky Way Galaxy, and when it hits -- in less than 40 million years -- it may set off a
spectacular burst of stellar fireworks.