Thanks to the efforts of an amateur astronomer, the star cluster that was recently revealed by Gaia mission is now visible for all to see!
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The latest scientific finds made from the first release of Gaia data include illuminating images of the Milky Way galaxy’s neighbors.
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A new study by a team of international astronomers studies the newly-discovery Gaia 1 star cluster, resulting in new estimates on its age and composition
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A team of Chinese astronomers has just discovered two new hypervelocity stars, a rare type of star that is still a mystery to astronomers
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The ESA’s Gaia mission made a startling discovery recently, detecting six stars that appear to have been kicked out of the Milky Way
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A new video based on ESA’s Gaia Mission lets you gaze into the crystal ball and watch the Milky Way galaxy evolve right before your eyes.
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A bridge of stars between the Magellanic Clouds helps unravel a mystery.
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The European Gaia spacecraft launched about a year ago with the ambitious goal of mapping one billion years in the Milky Way. That’s 1% of all the stars in our entire galaxy, which it will monitor about 70 times over its 5-year mission. If all goes well, we’ll learn an enormous amount about the structure, […]
Early on the morning of Dec. 19, 2013, the pre-dawn sky above the coastal town of Kourou in French Guiana was briefly sliced by the brilliant exhaust of a Soyuz VS06 rocket as it ferried ESA’s “billion-star surveyor” Gaia into space, on its way to begin a five-year mission to map the precise locations of our galaxy’s stars. From its position in orbit around L2 Gaia will […]
In astronomy we throw around the term “light-year” seemingly as fast as light itself travels. And yet actually measuring this distance is incredibly tricky. A star’s parallax — its tiny apparent shift once a year caused by our moving viewpoint on Earth — tells its distance more truly than any other method. Accurate parallaxes of […]