- Apr 7th
Dr Nick Rowell, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
The Gaia space telescope:
mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
The Gaia space telescope is an ambitious mission by the European Space Agency to determine the structure, formation and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. This is achieved by measuring the precise positions, motions, chemical compositions and other properties for around one billion individual stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. In addition to stars, Gaia will discover a large number of asteroids, exoplanets, variable stars and supernovae.
Being at the heart of the mission data processing, the speaker will give a broad introduction to the Gaia space telescope, the basic design and observing principles, the current mission status after two years in space, and some of the highlights from the first release of data, which occurred on September 14th 2016.