Studying The Stars To Understand The Universe

Astrophysics Group

EXPERT COMMENT: How we’re using the largest ever recorded set of galactic data to study the stars

Astrophysicist Dr Phil Sutton explains the possibilities opened up by new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite.

The Gaia satellite. After 22 months of observations, the second release of data contains the position and brightness of 1,692,919,135 stars

The Gaia mission is a space-based observational survey of over 1 billion stars in our local neighbourhood, the Milky Way (pictured above).

It will measure the precise position of stars using a technique known as astrometry.

This will give a detailed three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and is complemented by spectroscopic measurements of the same stars.

Here, along with the precise position of stars in the Milky Way, the Doppler effect is used to find relative velocities of stars by a shift in wavelength of their observed light.

The result is a…

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About Andrei Zvelindovsky

Founding Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics and Professor of Computational & Theoretical Physics, University of Lincoln, UK

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