Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way

This image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the space observatory Gaia as a faint trail of dots across the lower half of the star-filled field of view. These observations were taken as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to measure Gaia’s orbit and improve the accuracy of its unprecedented star map.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1908a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 May 2019, 15:00
Related releases:eso1908
Size:1241 x 761 px

About the Object

Name:Gaia
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Spacecraft
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):14 20 55.26
Position (Dec):-8° 52' 51.26"
Field of view:4.41 x 2.71 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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