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News Release 106 of 947

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: Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter

Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter

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

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