Published on Apr 5, 2013
Astronomers have known for decades that our Milky Way Galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy are approaching each other. What we haven’t known is just how close the encounter will be. Recent Hubble measurements have been able to pin down the trajectory with a smashing conclusion: in about four billion years the two galaxies will crash together in a nearly head-on collision. Further, the spiral galaxies will have completely merged and transformed to create a single elliptical galaxy around six billion years in the future.
“Hubble’s Universe Unfiltered” is a recurring broadcast from HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope. Astrophysicist Frank Summers takes viewers on an in-depth tour of the latest Hubble discoveries. Find more episodes at HubbleSite.org.
NASA’s Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy: