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If the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies collide head-on when the two are predicted to merge five billion years from now, what is likely to happen to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds?

David Doyle, Ham Lake, Minnesota
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The Magellanic Clouds most likely will be tossed to an orbit that is farther away from the merger product of the Milky Way and Andromeda (so-called “Milkomeda”) than they are relative to the Milky Way today. The kick the Clouds will get from the merger between the Milky Way and Andromeda is extremely dependent on their exact location at the time of the merger.

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