- Milky Way and Andromeda to collide in 4.5 billion years, not 3.9.
- Gaia telescope had the largest focal plane CCDs ever launched into space.
- Findings come from the second data dump from the Gaia mission. More dumps are expected.
For as far back as Earth’s history goes, man has always been fascinated by the stars. Going from the rudimentary start charts of the ancient Greeks to the rich catalogue we have today, the study of the space that surrounds Earth sure has come far. In this regard, Astronomers have predicted for the longest time that the Milky Way’s closest neighbour, the Andromeda Galaxy, was one day going to collide with us. However, there is some good news.