Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: 5.1 Billion Years

During the second close passage, the cores of the Milky Way and Andromeda appear as a pair of bright lobes. Star-forming nebulae are much less prominent because the interstellar gas and dust has been significantly decreased by previous bursts of star formation.


NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger

About the Image

Release date:6 May 2014, 15:44
Size:3600 x 2025 px

About the Object

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

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