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LCO Telescopes Assist in the Follow-Up of Gaia Discoveries

19 Oct 2021, 18:11 UTC
LCO Telescopes Assist in the Follow-Up of Gaia Discoveries ESA/ATG medialab

The Gaia spacecraft was launched in 2013 by the European Space Agency. According to NASA, “Its goal is to create the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way by surveying about 1% of the galaxy's 100 billion stars.” Photometry and spectroscopy are also possible for many of the observed objects. The observation mode is based on continuous scanning by two telescopes simultaneously with a 64-day precession movement around the Sun. This scanning mode allows Gaia to map the entire sky in several months and also makes it impossible to follow-up a specific target when necessary.

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