Image Credit & Copyright: Tassanee Angiolillo.

What a beautiful location. Here we see another amazing night sky image from Tassanee Angiolillo and this one was captured at the world famous Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in mid-eastern California near the Nevada border.

The night sky shines brightly over the limestone Tufa columns. The Milky Way galaxy stands vertical and at the top of the image, just to the right, if you look closely is the light of a trillion stars 2.5 million light years ago in the form of our neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31 or M31).

It’s estimated that in 4 billion years-time, the Milky Way and Andromeda will collide as the two are gravitationally attracted to one another and closing in. The ensuing collision will render the Milky Way and Andromeda a single, unrecognizable elliptical galaxy. That galaxy will inherit a new name; Milkdromeda. An interesting note; it’s been estimated, that because of the unimaginable distances between individual stars, during the collision that it’s possible that no two stars will collide.

Over time, this view will get more and more interesting as that faint disk grows larger and larger in the nighttime sky, eventually going from a disk of light in our sky to the dominant feature humans look up and observe every night…..If we’re still here.

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