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Fresh Data from Gaia Galaxy Survey Gives Best Map Ever of the Milky Way

7 Dec 2020, 11:45 UTC
Fresh Data from Gaia Galaxy Survey Gives Best Map Ever of the Milky Way

ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Three weeks before Christmas, astronomers are opening one of their presents early. Inside is a most welcome gift — a vast catalog of more than a billion stars in and around our galaxy, the most advanced of its kind ever made. Already this new trove is being put to use, with eager astronomers poring through its data, the most advanced of its kind ever made. Already this new trove is being put to use, with eager astronomers poring through its data, hoping to unlock some of our galaxy's most intriguing secrets in a way never before possible. 

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