Ready to Leave the Milky Way? All You Need to Do is Travel 1.2 Million MPH
Sick of the Milky Way Galaxy? Ready to get the heck out of dodge? No problem, all you need is a way to travel at a speed of 1.2 million mph, and BOOM – you’re outta here!
Crazy as it sounds, that’s the new theory – at least according to a team of researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany. Using a Radial Velocity Experiment survey, they analyzed the motion of 90 high-velocity stars and were able to essentially calculate the speed at which objects can exit the Milky Way.
So is it possible for a human craft to eventually generate enough speed and power to leave the Milky Way? Maybe. Your spaceship would have to hit a staggering 1.2 million miles per hour, or .2 percent of the speed of light to escape our Galaxy’s gravitational pull, though.
Astronomer Joss Bland-Hawthorn puts the idea of a spacecraft leaving the Milky Way like this:
“I know it’s a crazy idea, but if you had lots of matter and lots of antimatter, you could power a spaceship out of the galaxy.”
Of course, today’s spacecraft can not even come close to this goal. But there’s always a tomorrow, and our technological prowess continues to grow with every passing year.
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