Crash of the Titans

The Milky Way is destined for a head-on collision with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy in four billion years, at which time it will get a major makeover. In my latest video for STEAM Register, I took a NASA-provided simulation and paired it with a haunting prelude by Chris Zabriskie. The notes of his piano masterpiece are a perfect fit for this dangerous cosmic dance.

You can read my latest Cosmic Wonders blog here.

This illustration shows a stage in the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, as it will unfold over the next several billion years. In this image, representing Earth's night sky in 3.75 billion years, Andromeda (left) fills the field of view and begins to distort the Milky Way with tidal pull. Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger
This illustration shows a stage in the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, as it will unfold over the next several billion years. In this image, representing Earth’s night sky in 3.75 billion years, Andromeda (left) fills the field of view and begins to distort the Milky Way with tidal pull. Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger
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