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Crash will determine solar system's fate

10:03am, June 5, 2007

Ready for a change of scene? The solar system already lies in the suburbs of the Milky Way, but the sun and its planets will be yanked even farther away—to the galactic equivalent of Siberia—about 5 billion years from now, according to computer simulations by Thomas J. Cox and Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.

That's when the Milky Way and its sister galaxy, Andromeda, long known to be on a collision course, will finally merge, the calculations indicate. The collision will happen before the sun becomes a burned-out cinder, Cox and Loeb say.

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