Welcome to the Astroholic explains. I’m your host Chris.
And I’m Alfredo the Astroholic.
This is a podcast where I throw some cosmic conundrums your way,
and I try my best to answer them. Let’s get started.
My question today, what will happen when Andromeda merges with our galaxy? If hypothetically, life survives, what would we see in the sky?
That’s a very interesting question. As always, jumping..
into the deep end!
Yes. Okay. So, for the people that don’t know, our galaxy, the Milky Way is on a collision course with Andromeda, the closest major galaxy to our system. So each large galaxy is surrounded by many little galaxies so we can see two easily in the sky in the southern hemisphere.
Who are they?
The Magellanic clouds
Wow… We saw one!
We saw both of them…. Sidetrack on the story: We were in a petrol station in the middle of the Australian desert. And I was hoping they would see something but lights at the petrol station were very bright. So we walk through the petrol station on the other side, there were no lights for probably thousands of kilometers. And suddenly, the entire sky was shimmering ...