May 18th: Data & discoveries from ESA’s Gaia mission


Podcaster: Jeni & Paul

Title : Awesome Astronomy Podcast Extra: Data & discoveries from ESA’s Gaia mission

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

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Description:  This podcast extra episode comes from this year’s Big Bang Fair and Jeni & Paul grabbed an interview with a Gaia mission data scientist to talk data and the efforts taken in the less-glamorous, but absolutely critical, background to provide us with the discoveries and refinements we crave from the European Space Agency’s latest space-based astrometry mission.

So while Paul and Jeni were there as the Sirius Space Agency explaining the science behind a mission into space on the Star Stage, they spoke to a post-doctoral researcher at Cambridge University’s Data Processing Centre for the Gaia Mission.

In this interview we bring you:

  • the timelines to data capture, recovery, capture and analysis
  • the rapid publication of results from Gaia data
  • a surprising discovery about the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies – the Magellanic Clouds
  • a new star cluster found hiding behind a star

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