Gaia Space Telescope Charts 100 Billion Stars Of Milky Way Galaxy In 3D. So far, no one knew for sure how the stars are distributed in our galaxy. Now it is rapidly reveals.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced so far is absolutely the most detailed map of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is an even one billion and 142 million stars that has so far recorded the Gaia satellite. Launched into orbit around the Earth three years ago, and they then set and position in the sky relative to the Earth.
The reason for this venture is that humanity is still not completely figured out what the Milky Way really does look. Because the Earth itself is in it. Despite the imposing figure of stars in the satellite actually a space observatory Gaia so far registered. It is only one percent of all the stars in our galaxy, but apparently they might have more than 100 billion.
However, these one percent but is 20 times more detailed observation of any previous related projects. ESA’s Director of Science Alvaro Gimenez presented at the headquarters of the Agency’s three-dimensional model of the Milky Way. “What we have announced today in fact gives only a first impression of extraordinary information which we are still waiting for and that will revolutionize our understanding of how stars are distributed in our galaxy,” said Gimenez.
The matter is all the more wonderful, which is already present spectacular model was created in a short time. Gaia has started to function in July 2014, and this is what scientists now show, the stars were registered to September last year.
All collected in the meantime, just waiting for the data processing. Automatic Gaia spacecraft was originally planned that his first billion stars collected only by 2017. But it proved to be with his camera than a billion pixels and more than 100 electronic detectors, this done before the expiration of 2015.
On a large black and white picture below you can see the extremely summary of the so far presented. And the same picture can be seen in the highest resolution publicly published on this link. Short presentation of the few stars in the Milky Way, the closest to us, you can view at this link.