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Collision Course

Myth vs Reality: Destruction of the Solar System

 This short video addresses the misconception that our system will be destroyed when the Milky Way and Andromeda collide.
Credits

Colliding Galaxies
 
 
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
 
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
 
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Large galaxy collision animation courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, B. Robertson, L. Hernquist
·       Expanding universe animation courtesy of NASA
·       Andromeda Galaxy image courtesy of Digitized Sky Survey 2, acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)
·       Animated pan through Milky Way courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser
·       Animation of stars moving courtesy of Frank Summers (STScI)
·       Animation of random stellar orbits courtesy of NCSA, UCLA/Keck
·       Milky Way formation animation ©Prof. Romain Teyssier (University of Zurich)
·       Major and minor galaxy merger animations ©Dr. Benjamin Moster (Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics)
·       Fly-around animation of Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy courtesy of David Law (Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto)
·       Animation of two colliding spiral galaxies courtesy of Volker Springel, Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics
 
 
Written by Vanessa Thomas and John Stoke
Designed by John Godfrey and Marc Lussier
Music courtesy of Association Production Music
Transcript

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 Top left, a black and white picture of a minotaur. Top right, a color picture of galaxies. 

Text, MYTH versus REALITY 

Myth side 

Text, Our solar system will be destroyed when the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies collide. 

Reality side 

Text, It is highly improbable that our Sun and solar system will crash into any other star or solar system when the two galaxies meet. The spaces between stars are so enormous that almost all stars will pass by each other peacefully during the merger. Astronomers predict that our solar system will survive the impending galactic collision.