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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

A NASA Science Update Release
NASA's Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda GalaxyGo to image download page Go to video downloads page

May 31, 2012: NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, Sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.

The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the Sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.

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

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