The headline alone can induce anyone into a panic. This is not a drill. It is true that a giant gas cloud with the power of 2 million suns is speeding our way at the ghastly speed of 700,000 miles per hour. Before you go hysterical, the Smith Cloud won’t reach the Milky Way galaxy until the thirty million years. You can relax for now.
This is the Smith Cloud visualized in comparison to the Earth's moon.
The Smith Cloud, named after its discoverer Gail Smith, was first detected in Netherlands. It is full of sulfur that is said to be over 11,000 light-years long and 2,500 light-years wide and contains the mass of about a millions suns. This gigantic gas cloud was likely spat out from the outer edges of our galaxy. This is pretty much a case of “what goes up must come down,” said the Hubble Space Telescope astronomers.
This image shows the trajectory of the Smith Cloud which includes the predicted return in about 30 million years.
The trajectory of the Smith Cloud is unique and interesting because it is well-known among the astronomers. The arcing trajectory strongly indicates that the origin of the gas cloud is from our own galaxy. Upon its return, the group of astronomers is predicting a possible burst of star formations, and even potentially providing enough gas to make as many as two million suns.
The Smith Cloud was named after its discoverer, Gail P. Smith
“The cloud is an example of how the galaxy is changing with time,” said Andrew Fox of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. “It’s telling us that the Milky Way is a bubbling, very active place where gas can be thrown out of one part of the disk and then return back down into another.”
This image predicts possible impact location.
Why and how the space cloud was catapulted into space is still unknown. There are suggestions pointing to the possibility that the space cloud is dark matter that collided with the Milky Way and captured gas as it went on its way. We can only make guesses for now, and wait until further research gives us an answer.
The giant gas cloud is said to be full of sulfur, over 11,000 light-years long.
We all won’t be here by the time the Smith Cloud boomerangs back into the galaxy, so we hope that the generation who does get to see the momentous event, documents it for the future generations to come.
Meet the Next Einstein, the Physics Genius Who Built a Plane at Age 14!
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What were you doing at age 12? Perhaps like me, you've been playing a lot of video games. Well compared to us mere mortals, Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski is the embodiment of a young genius oozing with potential. At age 12 she already co-piloted an FAA1 plane, and at age 14 she built her own single-engine plane and sought certification for it in MIT. And that was just the beginning...
When 14-year old Pasterski walked into MIT seeking approval for her self-built plane, she caught the attention of MIT Executive Secretary Peggy Udden because she is a very young achiever.
At first, professors at MIT were not fully convinced with what the genius girl can do and thus she was waitlisted for the MIT program for Physics. It was Udden who showed Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman the video of Pasterski building her own plane at 14 years old that convinced them to accept her into the program. Haggerty has this to say when he reminisce watching the video,
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Just in case you have forgotten your high school science lectures, everything in outer space, our included, are by-products of a series of collisions that well, resulted to pretty much all the planets, moons and asteroids that are in space. One of the most interesting collisions is that of a mars-sized planet, Theia, and of Earth.
The science community has been up in arms however over whether small planet Theia hit the Earth head on or just side swiped it.
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Plane crashes can be really scary. In fact, so very few survive these accidents. Well, things may soon potentially change if Vladimir Tatarenko’s invention proves to be a success.
This aviation engineer from Ukraine has been working hard for 3 years to find a solution for the much-dreaded plane problem. What he eventually came up with is a unique plane design with a detachable cabin.
“Surviving in a plane crash is possible," said Ukrainian inventor Vladimir Tatarenko.
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