Earth is going to be eaten alive by another galaxy, new research shows.
But don’t worry — Andromeda, the closest galaxy to earth, is still 2.5 million light years away.
“That is close by cosmic standards,” said John Dubinski, an astronomer at the University of Toronto who’s a co-author of the report just published in the journal Nature.
“The Milky Way and Andromeda could collide and form a new galaxy,” he said. “It is possible there could be a collision in the future.”
Astronomers suspect Andromeda cannibalized other galaxies.
“Andromeda is so close it can be studied in great detail. All kinds of features can be seen and there is evidence of the destruction of galaxies that have come in contact with it,” Dubinski said.
“What we’re seeing right now are the signs of cannibalism,” said the study’s lead author, Alan McConnachie of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria.