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An illustration shows the Earth's night sky billion years from now, with the Andromeda galaxy (left) beginning to distort our own Milky Way as the two collide. While galactic collisions are eye catching, could something bigger be just over the horizon?

-Bridge of the Milky Way, Jura, France Panoramic of 33 photos. Present in this panoramic: -M31: "Andromeda" at the bottom of the sky to the left. -Comet 252p located on the top right Panoramique de 33 photos prise au 50mm. Present dans ce panoramique: -M31: "andromède" situé en bas du ciel à gauche. -Comète 252p situé en haut à droite <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mathieu.descombes.photographie">Facebook page</a>

Great Basin National Park, Nevada From the National Park Service: "On a clear, moonless night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States."

https://www.facebook.com/BenCoffmanPhotography "A starry night panorama of Crater Lake that I've been working on since I got back. It's nice to finally have it done. I managed to catch a few Lyrids (shooting stars) in the panorama. You can see 3 small ones in and around the left side of the Milky Way and one large one in the upper right side of the Milky Way. Additionally, you can see Andromeda next to the large tree on the left (it's the disc-like "star")."

Yosemite Haze - As the stars began to appear the moon rose in the sky. At this altitude you can see the stars so well they don't have to compete with the bright moon to be seen. I was pleasantly surprised to spot the Andromeda Galaxy rising just above and to the left of Half Dome. Haze from a nearby wildfire filled the night time sky and concentrated in the valley below adding an orange hue to the normally white granite of Yosemite Valley casting an eerie light on the valley. The…