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Astronomy lecture: Gaia - the first 3D census of the Milky Way

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Free & open to the public. Suitable for A-level students.

Gaia is the European Space Agency (ESA) mission currently delivering a 6-D map of the Milky Way. Gaia’s very high precision imaging delivers positions, distance motions and chemical elemental abundances for over one billion stars, providing the information to quantify the formation and evolutionary history of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The imaging data are processed in Cambridge, where new discoveries are found and published. A programme to involve the public in analysis of these discoveries is underway. See

Gerry Gilmore is Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, and UK PI of the ESA Gaia mission.

This talk is part of the SCI Cambridge Science Talks series.

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