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News Release 113 of 954

May 31, 2012 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-20

NASA's Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy

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Image: Measuring the Drift of the Andromeda Galaxy

Measuring the Drift of the Andromeda Galaxy

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This illustration shows one of the regions in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy where astronomers aimed the Hubble Space Telescope to make precise measurements of the galaxy's lateral motion. As the galaxy drifts through space, the stars will appear to uniformly move against the far-more-distant background galaxies, which remain fixed on the sky.

Object Names: M31, NGC 224, Andromeda Galaxy

Image Type: Illustration

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

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