Gaia space telescope plots a billion stars to reveal the most complete 3D galactic map ever

 

 
From AFP and staff writers News Corp Australia Network:

THE Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency has revealed.

Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial catalogue of 1.15 billion stars is “both the largest and the most accurate full-sky map ever produced,” said French astronomer Francois Mignard, a member of the 450-strong Gaia mission team, yesterday.

 

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