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Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy
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Collision Scenario for Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy Encounter

June 5, 2012
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. Image Type: Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild and R. van der Marel (STScI)

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