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Milky Way, Andromeda galaxies doomed to collide head-on - Mother Nature Network: Mother Nature NetworkMilky Way,...

Milky Way, Andromeda galaxies doomed to collide head-on - Mother Nature Network: Mother Nature NetworkMilky Way,...

Image: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger Four billion years from now, the Milky Way galaxy as we know it will cease to exist. Our Milky Way is bound for a head-on collision with the similar-sized Andromeda galaxy, researchers announced on May 31. Over time, the huge galactic smashup will create an entirely new hybrid galaxy, one likely bearing an elliptical shape rather than the Milky Way's trademark spiral-armed disk. "We do know of other galaxies in the local universe around us that are in the process of colliding and merging," Roeland van der Marel, of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, told reporters today. "However, what makes the future merger of the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way so special is that it will happen to us." Astronomers have long known that the Milky Way and Andromeda, which is also known ...

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