Have a look at the most detailed star chart of the Milky Way

Have a look at the most detailed star chart of the Milky Way
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April 25, 2018
April 25, 2018 10:48 AM EDT
A handout photo released on April 25, 2018 by the European Space Agency shows Gaia's all-sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy and neighbouring galaxies, based on measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars. The map shows the total brightness and colour of stars observed by the ESA satellite in each portion of the sky between July 2014 and May 2016. Brighter regions indicate denser concentrations of especially bright stars, while darker regions correspond to patches of the sky where fewer bright stars are observed. The colour representation is obtained by combining the total amount of light with the amount of blue and red light recorded by Gaia in each patch of the sky. (AFP PHOTO/EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/GAIA /DPAC)
BERLIN ó The European Space Agency released the most accurate census yet of stars in the Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies Wednesday, providing astronomers with a wealth of new data for further research.
The high-precision measurements about the distance, motion, brightness and colour of almost 1.7 billion stars were collected by the space agencyís Gaia probe between July 2014 and May 2016.
Hundreds of scientists and software engineers took years to process the data and create a catalogue of stars from which they were able to generate maps, including of the asteroids in our solar system and even a three-dimensional chart of some nearby stars.
Antonella Vallenari, one of the lead scientists involved in the project, said astronomers have gained new insights into the life cycle of stars and how the Milky Way was formed.
One theory supported by the observations is that our galaxy was struck by material from another, resulting in íripplesí of stars moving in an unexpected way compared with the otherwise uniform motion of stars in the Milky Way, said Vallenari.
ESA said professional and amateur astronomers alike will be able to access the data and hunt for new discoveries. Itís the second release following the publication two years ago of a smaller batch of measurements covering 2 million stars.
Further data releases are planned in the coming years.
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I'm glad I live where you can still see the stars.
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Where's the "Ollie the Dragon" contellation?

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