Collision of galaxies and restart of star formation

(ORDO NEWS) — The age of the Milky Way galaxy, on the outskirts of which we live, is approximately 13.6 billion years, which makes it almost the same age as the Universe.

During this time, our “star factory” has undergone numerous changes, including the birth of hundreds of billions of stars and the self-destruction of some of them.

The most massive luminaries, having reached the end of their evolutionary path, left behind neutron stars and relatively small black holes, most of which, according to the ESA Gaia spacecraft, are hidden under the plane of the Milky Way.

Today the Milky Way is a very stable structure. Perhaps so stable that some astrophysicists call it the “dead galaxy”.

This is due to the extremely low rate of star formation, which is tens of times lower than in distant interacting galaxies.

It is the collision (merger) of galaxies that is the most effective way for the Universe to “reanimate” giant structures and force them to form new stars again, which causes the birth of others, and after the next stars, etc.

Our Milky Way is also waiting for this “therapy”, which will begin somewhere in 4.5 billion during a collision with the Andromeda galaxy.

A new structure, resulting from the merger of two huge galaxies, will give rise to new stars, planets and, possibly, unimaginable life forms that will enthusiastically explore the Universe and dream of conquering new worlds.

The universe is an incredibly well-organized system that is able to reshape itself in order to continue to develop and become more and more perfect.

All this is very similar to the “behavior” of a rational being, but… we’re talking about space-time. Can the cosmos be intelligent, in some sense alive?

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