astronomers can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, Sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the Sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.
This VLT shot of M95 shows the lovely barred spiral galaxy, which coincidentally has a supernova exploding in it even as I write this! Read all about it: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/03/19/breaking-possible-supernova-in-nearby-spiral-m95/
'Cosmic Bird' galaxy, aka ESO 593-IG 008 - It bucks the trend of the more common spiral shaped galaxies, instead appearing as a bird shaped wonder. There is a catch though. What we are seeing is the result of 3 different galaxies crossing paths to form a super galaxy. It is ~ 650 million light years away & is a part of the luminous infrared galaxies - 1000 billion times luminosity of our sun. Scientists speculate that these kind of galaxies are indicators of a galaxy evolution of sorts.