Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter

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.


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

About the Image

Release date:6 May 2014, 15:31
Size:3000 x 1996 px

About the Object

Name:Andromeda Galaxy, M 31, Messier 31, Milky Way
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Milky Way

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