Teresa Antoja and Roger Mor interviewed at the Sky & Telescope magazine

Our astronomers Teresa Antoja and Roger Mor appear in this month’s edition of the Sky & Telescope magazine. They talk about the Gaia mission and how its data releases have been broadening the knowledge about our Milky Way. In the piece ““Data from the Gaia Spacecraft are unveiling the Milky Way’s tumultuous past”, Mor talks about his findings on the Milky Way’s stelar baby boom. Antoja says to the magazine “ Most of usare very lucky to be in this place and at this time. This topic in general, galactic dynamics, this will be the Golden age”. She has recently published...

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Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

Image: The spiral shape of fig 1c of our article appears inside an old watch symbolising the fact that these data has allowed us to date back the perturbation that shook the Milky Way disk. This figure shows how from the new obtained Gaia data we can know more about the past of the Galaxy.   Credit: Edmon de Haro/iStock.   Researchers of the UB and the University of Groningen lead one of the first big discoveries from the Gaia Mission, published in Nature A team led by researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, UB-IEEC) and the...

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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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Gaia Archive has reached its first 10.000 users in less than 24 hours

This level of traffic is unprecedented for any ESA Science Archive. During these hours we have received 15.751 ADQL queries and 20TB have been downloaded from the file repository. Have a look to the archive:  http://gea.esac.esa.int/archive/  

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