Gaia

Gaia is Now Finding Planets. Could it Find Another Earth?

The ESA launched Gaia in 2013 with one overarching goal: to map more than one billion stars in the Milky…

17 hours ago

Astronomers Find a Planet Using Gaia Data

The ESA's Gaia mission is our most accurate star-measuring spacecraft. It's busy mapping the positions and radial velocities of one…

5 months ago

Not Just Stars. Gaia Mapped a Diverse and Shifting Universe of Variable Objects

We've reported on Gaia's incredible data-collection abilities in the past. Recently, it released DR3, its latest data set, with over…

10 months ago

How Do Stars Get Kicked Out of Globular Clusters?

Globular clusters are densely-packed collections of stars bound together gravitationally in roughly-shaped spheres. They contain hundreds of thousands of stars.…

10 months ago

Astronomers Find a Sun-like Star Orbiting a Nearby Black Hole

Using data from the Gaia Observatory, a team of astronomers has detected a Sun-like star that co-orbits with a dormant…

1 year ago

Gaia's Massive Third Data Release is out!

The third Gaia Data Release (DR3) has been released, and is already leading to some major breakthroughs in astronomy!

1 year ago

ESA is About to Release its Third Giant Data Release From Gaia

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia Observatory is a mission dedicated to astrometry, a branch of astronomy where the velocity…

1 year ago

Gaia is an Even More Powerful Planet Hunter Than we Thought

Utilizing tools for purposes they weren’t initially intended for is a strength of the astronomical community. Scrounging through data collected…

1 year ago

Thanks to Gaia, Astronomers are Able to Map Out Nebulae in 3D

In this 2D image of nebulae in the Orion Molecular Complex, the submillimetre-wavelength glow of dust clouds is overlaid on…

1 year ago

ESA’s Gaia Just Took a Picture of L2 Neighbor JWST

Oh, hello there new neighbor!  In February, the Gaia spacecraft took a picture of its new closest companion in space…

2 years ago