Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: 5.1 Billion Years
Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: 5.1 Billion Years
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During the second close passage, the cores of the Milky Way and Andromeda appear as a pair of bright lobes. Star-forming nebulae are much less prominent because the interstellar gas and dust has been significantly decreased by previous bursts of star formation.


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Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Interacting Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies

Credits

Science Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger