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Gaia - what a telescope!

Postby Gfamily2 » Mon May 14, 2018 9:33 pm

It's clear to me that ESA's Gaia spacecraft is going to be one of the most productive scientific missions ever.
In the 4 years it's been 'in service' it's measured the position in 3 dimensions of 1.7 Billion stars, equivalent to over 14 per second.
The motions of stars has been measured as well, including stars out as far as the Magellanic Clouds.

The most recent S@N TV programme gave a superb overview of the mission and the outstanding results it's coming back with.
UK Viewers can see the programme here - for the next 29 days.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b ... revolution
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