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Visualisation of Gaia data

European Space Agency’s Gaia mission science team released today a goldmine of knowledge about our galaxy and beyond.

Among other findings, this spinning star surveyor surpasses its planned potential to reveal half a million new and faint stars in a massive cluster, identify over 380 possible cosmic lenses, and pinpoint the positions of more than 150 000 asteroids within the Solar System.

Gaia is mapping our galaxy and beyond in extraordinary multi-dimensional detail, completing the most accurate stellar census ever. The mission is painting a detailed picture of our place in the Universe, enabling us to better understand the diverse objects within it.

The mission’s latest ‘focused product release’ builds further on this, providing many new and improved insights into the space around us. The release brings exciting and unexpected science: findings that go far beyond what Gaia was initially designed to discover and dig deep into our cosmic history.

Read more at this ESA article and dig deeper in subject on this special Gaia Focused Product Release info pack.