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"Where will the Sun end up in this mammoth galactic union? 'We're living in the suburbs of the Milky Way right now, but we're likely to move much farther out after the coming cosmic smash-up,' concludes T J Cox from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.
These two galaxies are currently rushing towards each other at about 120 kilometres per second and will likely collide in future. Now Cox and his CfA colleague Avi Loeb have run computer simulations of this collision, using 2.6 million particles to model the matter in both galaxies and in intergalactic space.
Ghawar is the largest conventional oil field in the world. The field is entirely owned and operated by Saudi Aramco, the nationalized Saudi oil company. Relatively little is known about Ghawar because the company and Saudi government closely guard field performance information and per-field production details. Available information is predominantly historical (pre-nationalization), from incidental technical publications, or anecdotal.
The reason to understand Ghawar is simple: If Ghawar is in decline, it is very highly likely that world supply has plateaued.
In this post, Stuart Staniford has put together what may end up being the definitive piece of research on the world's largest field. It is an amazing tome, bringing together his fascinating original research and the extant research on Ghawar. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is written in an accessible style."