This is how the world will end

One thing about the NASA public relations department: it doesn’t overplay events.

Here’s today’s news release:

On Thursday, May 31, at 3:00 p.m. EDT NASA will host an informal discussion for the general public with astronomers about new Hubble Space Telescope observations that allow them to predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our entire galaxy, sun, and solar system.

By “next major cosmic event,” they’re talking about the end of the world. Many worlds, actually.

Using data from the Hubble space telescope, scientists apparently have determined the answer to the long standing question about whether the Andromeda galaxy will have a head-on collision with the Milky Way.

Bad news: The answer is “yes.”

It will happen billions of years from now but when it does, it will look something like this:

It will be an amazingly beautiful result, even if all life as we know it will be over.

(Visualization By : Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute)

  • andrea hanson

    Of course, by the time this happens the all life on earth will be wiped out due to the sun’s transition to a red giant in some 1.5 billion years. So it won’t really matter to us.

  • Kevin Watterson

    Well, hell, I’m buying an SUV!

  • Jim Shapiro

    andrea – “So it won’t really matter to us.”

    No, but it sure will ANTI-matter! ( Sorry.)

    And “Predict with certainty”? I would like to see the dictionary that NASA uses: CERTAINTY(noun) – a precise measurement of time (+/- 3 billion years).

  • John P.

    No problem. By that time we will have discovered warp drive. We can just move to another galaxy and watch it from there. Problem Solved.

  • Graham

    What a crap article. Galaxies merge, they don’t actually collide. Stars and planets don’t crash into each other, because they are spaced so far apart. The merging process takes billions of years. Any life forms existing in the two galaxies probably wouldn’t be affected in the least.

  • Mr Mark

    This is utter nonsense.

    Apart from the fact that all life on Earth will be gone by then, they actually say there’s very little chance of stars colliding.

  • Bob Collins

    OK, science geeks, I’ve made a note. No more humor.

  • Joe

    Hammer + Nail = Complete, well done Bob.