The unveiling of the billions of star map in the Milky Way has opened new doors for our astronomers over the globe. The mission to capture the 3-D chart of the Milky Way was executed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The researchers of the European Space Agency named the mission as the Gaia mission.
The unveiled data indicates the position of 1.7 billion stars stretched across the Milky Way. To add to the spice of discovery, it exhibited the color, shape, velocity of nearly 1.5 billion stars.
Megan Bedell says, “In my professional opinion, this is crazy awesome.” Megan works at the Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York.
No sooner, the chart went viral; more than 3,000 netizens surfed for it and downloaded the data.
What are the unique features of the Gaia’s Gold?
- It works with accuracy and precision.
- It maps and exhibits the location, motions and the relative distances of about one billion stars of our Milky Way.
- It has a 10% accuracy to measure the distance with a limit of 10000 parsecs.
The mission was launched back in the year 2013. It initially was about €1-billion project. Gaia uses a parallax technique to estimate the distance between the stars and other celestial bodies. Until now, it has 551-gigabyte of its data in the market. Gaia has also published many research papers based on its observations. Before this 3-D chart, Gaia has issued a preliminary catalog of its first asteroid survey. However, unfortunately, it lacked sufficient data backup to measure the distance of many stellar bodies.
To continue and explore the celestial bodies more, “Gaia is well-equipped with the quality fuel. This will aid in its survival in the outer space for a total of ten years”, says Timo Prusti. Prusti is a project scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
It will indeed be a glorifying moment for the entire astronomy community to decode the mysterious Milky Way and pave the blocks of massive success in its future endeavors.