NASA astronomers have announced that the nearest galaxy is on a collision course with our own.
It's not something anyone alive today is going to need to be too worried about however, Andromeda is over 2.5 million lights years away and won't reach us for another 4 billion years. When the two galaxies meet it is thought that due to the distance between stars it is unlikely that they will collide directly, instead being thrown in to different orbits.
"After nearly a century of speculation about the future destiny of Andromeda and our Milky Way, we at last have a clear picture of how events will unfold over the coming billions of years," said Sangmo Tony Sohn.
"NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy."
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