Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mapping a billion stars: another space break

Giving ourselves another breather, after the long-form interview with Sandra Kasturi.

The European Space Agency is preparing to launch Gaia, a probe that will map a billion stars over five years.

Per the ESA site:

"It is expected to discover hundreds of thousands of new celestial objects, such as extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs, and observe hundreds of thousands of asteroids within our own Solar System. The mission will also study about 500 000 distant quasars and will provide stringent new tests of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity."

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