New trove of data from Europe’s Gaia mission will lead to best Milky Way map ever

The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission will release new data on June 13, and scientists can’t wait.

The coming data dump will contain information about nearly two billion of the brightest objects in the sky. The release will supercharge the mapping of our Milky Way galaxy, experts say, allowing astronomers to see to the farthest fringes of the galaxy and also distinguish much finer details in its structure than ever before.

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