Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter
Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter
About this image

This illustration shows the inevitable collision between our Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy approximately 4 billion years from now. The galaxies are moving toward each other under the inexorable pull of gravity between them. A smaller galaxy, Triangulum, may be part of the smashup.


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

Credits

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild and R. van der Marel (STScI)