andromeda

This is What It’ll Look Like When the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Collide Billions of Years from Now

This is What It’ll Look Like When the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Collide Billions of Years from Now

What happens when two galaxies collide? The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course, and in about 4.5 billion years, they will meet. Now astronomers using the Hubble have provided some visual insight into what that collision might look like.

Messier 32 - the 'Le Gentil' dwarf elliptical galaxy

Messier 32 - the 'Le Gentil' dwarf elliptical galaxy

During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noted the presence of several “nebulous objects” in the night sky. Having originally mistaken them for comets, he began compiling a list of them so that others would not make the same mistake he did. In time, this list (known as the Messier Catalog) would come to include 100 of the most fabulous objects in the night sky.