Peter Davis: Collision Course
Forget global warming, the polar ice caps melting, and the Celtics getting knocked out of the playoffs. We’ve got real problems. Scientists now predict that the entire Milky Way is going to collide with another galaxy, the Andromeda. That’s right! Galaxies … those things that are supposed to be comfortably far, far away, are on a collision course! This will happen in about four billion years, give or take a few millennia. Given our human tendency to procrastinate, we’d better start planning now.
Now the first thing to keep in mind is that galaxies are made up of jillions1 of stars like our sun. So we’d better start stockpiling the SPF 1,000,000 sun block.
Another problem is that we’re going to have a whole new set of constellations. Instead of the familiar Gemini, the twins, and Orion, the hunter, we’ll have things like The Wi-Fi Chip and The Newton-Raphson Method Illustrated Graphically.
It may not matter, however, since with so many suns, it may never get dark enough to see constellations. We’ll have to seriously ramp up coffee production. But at least it may mean the end of vampire movies.
Of course, by then we might have evolved into incorporeal intelligence floating around in space. In that case, please disregard the above.
1Of course, “jillion” is a made up number. Actual numbers have serious sounding names, like googolplex.