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The Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula Are Going to Collide

But don't panic, it's not going to happen for quite a while

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In about two billion years, the universe is going to experience an epic light show when two galaxies collide, the New York Times reports.

Around that time, the Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula – which became the center of the Twitterverse this week when it was mistakenly reported that a cosmic-level explosion had taken place in the galaxy – will collide, causing new stars to form.

The Hubble Space Telescope’s newest measurements have confirmed that the two galaxies will run into each other head-on before merging into one single galaxy after the collision, the NYT says.

Sadly, no one will be around to witness it, as the Earth will have been burned up by the sun by then.

[New York Times]

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