The Milky Way’s Most Massive Stellar Black Hole is Only 2,000 Light Years Away

Astronomers have found the largest stellar mass black hole in the Milky Way so far. At 33 solar masses, it…

6 days ago

For its Next Trick, Gaia Could Help Detect Background Gravitational Waves in the Universe

Ripples in a pond can be captivating on a nice sunny day as can ripples in the very fabric of…

5 months ago

Gaia is so Accurate it Can Predict Microlensing Events

Using data from DR3, a team of Chinese researchers have predicted thousands of future microlensing events!

5 months ago

A Huge New Gaia Data Release: More Stars, Gravitational Lenses and Asteroids

The ESA's Gaia mission is releasing a new tranche of astronomical data. The mission has released three regular, massive hauls…

6 months ago

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…

7 months 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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.…

1 year 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…

2 years 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!

2 years ago