Solar System's Long-Term Future Could Lie Outside Milky Way

Forbes - Astronomer David Sand, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and colleague Melissa Graham, an astronomer at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Network in California, were co-authors on a recent paper detailing their work on the MENeaCS (Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey, using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) of 58 [nearby] galaxy clusters to look for intracluster supernovae. Out of 23 supernovae found, four are thought to be totally unbound to any galaxy.

Three to five billion years from now, when our sun is on the verge of turning into a dying and bloated Red Giant, it may also be adjusting to new digs outside our Milky Way Galaxy.

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Astronomer David Sand, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and colleague Melissa Graham, an astronomer at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Network in California, were co-authors on a recent paper detailing their work on the MENeaCS (Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey, using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) of 58 [nearby] galaxy clusters to look for intracluster supernovae. Out of 23 supernovae found, four are thought to be totally unbound to any galaxy.

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