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The European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft team has dropped its long-awaited trove of data about 1.7 billion stars.
In addition to the 1.7 billion stars, this second release of data from Gaia contains the motions and color of 1.3 billion stars relative to the Sun, as well as how the stars relate to things in the distant background based on the Earth’s position. It also features radial velocities, amount of dust, and surface temperatures of lots of stars, and a catalogue of over 14,000 Solar System objects, including asteroids. There is a #load of data in this release.
A series of 360-degree videos and other Virtual Reality visualisation resources are available at sci.esa.int...