Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter
Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter
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News release ID: STScI-2012-20
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Image Use: Copyright
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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.


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

Credits

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