Gaia's all-sky view

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eso_ESA_Gaia_DR2_AllSky_Brightness_Colour_black_bg_8k May 23rd, 2018

Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Gaia's all-sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy and neighbouring galaxies, based on measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars. The map shows the total brightness and colour of stars observed by the ESA satellite in each portion of the sky between July 2014 and May 2016. Brighter regions indicate denser concentrations of especially bright stars, while darker regions correspond to patches of the sky where fewer bright stars are observed. The colour representation is obtained by combining the total amount of light with the amount of blue and red light recorded by Gaia in each patch of the sky. The bright horizontal structure that dominates the image is the Galactic plane, the flattened disc that hosts most of the stars in our home Galaxy. In the middle of the image, the Galactic centre appears vivid and teeming with stars. More information on: http://sci.esa.int/gaia/60169-gaia-s-sky-in-colour/

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/ESA_Gaia_DR2_AllSky_Brightness_Colour_black_bg_8k/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Milky Way
Subject - Milky Way
Cosmology > Morphology > Large-Scale Structure
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ESA_Gaia_DR2_AllSky_Brightness_Colour_black_bg_8k
Subject Category
B.6.1.2  
Subject Name
Milky Way
Credits
ESA/Gaia/DPAC
Release Date
2018-05-23T09:28:45
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/ESA_Gaia_DR2_AllSky_Brightness_Colour_black_bg_8k/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
8600.0, 5416.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
ESA_Gaia_DR2_AllSky_Brightness_Colour_black_bg_8k
Metadata Date
2018-05-23T09:25:46+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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