A second bunch of data from the European Space…

A second bunch of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite has been released today and the archive is live now.

A multitude of discoveries are on the horizon after this much awaited release, which is based on 22 months of charting the sky. The new data includes positions, distance indicators and motions of more than one billion stars, along with high-precision measurements of asteroids within our Solar System and stars beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Image caption: Gaia’s sky in colour.

Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC.

h-t Sean M. Carroll Facebook page

Comparison between Gaia’s first and second data releases: