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ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. ESA’s Gaia launched on December 19, 2013, and since then it has been preparing for its mission to gather loads of data on stars that surround us. Gaia took a test image of a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud as part of a “fine tuning” test to get the spacecraft into focus. The new image is allowing ESA...

2014-02-06 08:21:01

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) supplied seven powerful single board computers that are providing processing power for the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia satellite, which lifted off on December 19, 2013, to survey more than a billion stars and other celestial bodies to trace the origin and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121018/LA91771LOGO) Gaia is a key European space mission...

ESA Confirms Inside Out Model Milky Way
2014-01-20 11:40:56

[ Watch the Video: Inside-out Formation Of The Milky Way ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia-ESO project has confirmed previous theories on the inside-out development of the Milky Way, with the inner regions of the galaxy’s disc being the first to form. According to their report in the astronomical database Astro-ph, the study researchers reached their conclusions using observations taken with the 8-meter...

Gaia Orbits Nothing
2014-01-15 13:51:10

[ Watch the Video: Gaia Reaches Virtual Point Of Nothingness ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft made a final, modest adjustment yesterday afternoon to keep it on track for its orbit around nothing. Gaia, which is being branded as ESA’s billion-star surveyor, finalized it’s entry into orbit around a virtual point far out in space known as L2. ESA said that Gaia made a short thruster burn on Tuesday to help...

Gaia Ready For Operational Orbit
2014-01-08 12:24:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its billion-dollar orbiting observatory Gaia is in its operational orbit and ready to begin surveying the stars. Launched from the ESA’s facility in Kourou, French Guiana on December 19, Gaia is now in a gravitationally stable point called ‘L2,’ orbiting nearly 1 million miles from Earth. “Entering orbit around L2 is a rather complex endeavor, achieved by firing Gaia’s...

World Premiere Of Planetarium Show 'Journey To A Billion Suns'
2014-01-08 11:12:27

[ Watch The Video: Journey to a Billion Suns Trailer ] ESA A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission. The 45-minute, 360 degree full-dome planetarium spectacular was produced by Stargarten in cooperation with ESA and planetariums across Europe. Gaia was launched on 19 December and will soon start its five-year...

Gaia Ready For Launch
2013-12-18 11:51:38

[ Watch The Video: Gaia: From Launch To Orbit ] ESA ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars is ‘go’ for launch. The satellite has passed its final checks and is ready to be launched tomorrow from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. Launch is set for 9:12:19 GMT (10:12:19 CET) and fueling of the Soyuz–Fregat rocket will begin about four hours before. Then the 53 m-high mobile gantry surrounding the vehicle will be removed and the final countdown will begin. After...

Mission Control Is Ready For Launch Of Gaia
2013-12-17 13:10:17

ESA Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence. An astrometry mission, Gaia will observe a thousand million stars on average 70 times over a five-year period. It will precisely chart their positions, distances and movements, and is expected to discover...

Gaia Secured Inside Fairing And Ready For Launch
2013-12-13 12:53:09

ESA ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space. Last week, Gaia was loaded with the propellants it will need to journey to its ‘L2’ destination, a gravitationally stable location 1.5 million km away from Earth, from where it will survey our Milky Way galaxy. After fueling, it was mounted on the Soyuz adapter and added to the Fregat upper stage, which...

Milky Way Seen More Clearly Than Ever Thanks To New 3D Map Of The Stars
2013-11-29 04:10:22

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Milky Way galaxy recently got a little easier to understand. A group of astronomers created a new 3D map of the stars that reside in the center of the Milky Way which shows, more clearly than ever, the bulge located at the core of our galaxy. Prior to this new representation it was widely believed the stars in the core orbited in a sort of banana shape. However, scientists, publishing this week in the journal Monthly Notices of...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Draco (dragon or serpent) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 17h; Declination: +65; Source: Creation and dragon myths from Greek, Roman, eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian and Norse cultures Two circumstances lie behind the multitude of myths associated with Draco. First, due to the precession of the Earth, Draco's star Thuban was the pole star approximately 4000 years ago. It would have seemed to ancient sky watchers that the Earth...

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