Milky Way will bite the dust

Eventual collision with Andromeda to shake up the solar system

By Nadia Drake, 15:30 PM December 13, 2012

2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 15

Assuming Earth is still here in 4 billion years, its skies will be spangled with the glowing shards of an epic cosmic collision. The Milky Way galaxy and its nearest neighbor, the enormous Andromeda galaxy, will plow right into one another (photo illustration, above, shows a view of Earth’s night sky during an early stage of the predicted galactic smashup). Earth’s solar system will be punted from its perch in the Milky Way’s Orion spur, drift for a while and p...

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