Opening of the Gaia Archive

A media briefing is being organised by ESA at the ILA Berlin Air and Space Show in Germany, on Wednesday 25 April 2018. You can find all the information about the event organized around the opening of the Gaia Archive in the link below, as well as the streaming info. The opening will take place at 12:00h. http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Gaia/Call_for_media_Second_data_release_from_ESA_s_Gaia_mission

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Gaia tops one trillion observations

On 14 April 2018, about 10 days before the second Gaia Data Release, the spacecraft and daily data processing systems have reached yet another stunning milestone: the number of star transits has reached 100 billion! The Gaia satellite has two telescopes pointing to two regions of the sky separated by 106.5 degrees. The satellite spins at a rate of 6 hours per revolution with the two telescopes scanning a great circle and the stars continuously transiting the focal plane. Every day, Gaia instruments record about 70 million transits. A full transit includes an observation in the sky mapper (to...

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Gaia DR2 bulk catalogue available in FAPEC format

The Gaia group at the Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB), in cooperation with DAPCOM Data Services S.L. (a technological spin-off company of the UPC and the UB), has published an alternative copy of the bulk data files from Gaia DR2 – the second data release from Gaia. Gaia DR2 was published on 25 April 2018. Besides the on-line catalogue, bulk CSV files were also made available for download – an interesting option for exhaustive analyses. Such files are officially offered in “csv.gz” format, that is, compressed with the widely known gzip compressor. On 6...

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Google Play fa pública una nova versió de l’app: Eclipsi Calculator

Eclipsi Calculator 2.0 Enallç :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=calcEclipsi2.src  Eclipsi Calculator 2.0 és una app per calcular i simular diferents esdeveniments astronòmics. Una eina pels amants de l’astronomia que permet conèixer d’una forma simple les circumstàncies generals i locals dels eclipsis de Sol i de Lluna, així com dels trànsits planetaris. Es tracta de la nova versió de Eclipse Calculator, publicada al desembre de 2012. Ara amb moltes més funcions.  

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Gaia’s snapshot of another galaxy (ESA, 20 April 2017)

Gaia’s snapshot of another galaxy Link: http://sci.esa.int/gaia/59023-gaia-s-snapshot-of-another-galaxy/ While compiling an unprecedented census of one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA’s Gaia mission is also surveying stars beyond our Milky Way. A new image of M33, also known as the Triangulum galaxy, shows tens of thousands of stars detected by Gaia, including a small stellar census in its star-forming region NGC 604. This is a striking example of the mission’s potential to detect and characterise stars in nearby galaxies. Gaia’s view of the M33 galaxy. Credit:...

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Final GENIUS meeting in Brussels (19 April 2017)

Final GENIUS meeting in Brussels Last April 19 the final review meeting of GENIUS (http://genius-euproject.eu/) took place at the Research Executive Agency (EC) in Brussels. After explaining all the achievements and success of the project, designed to boost the impact of Gaia, the team formed by 13 nodes in 9 countries received warm congratulations from the reviewer and the Project Officer. “GENIUS has opened the box of Gaia” in the words of the reviewer.

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