Gaia Spacecraft Science

The Gaia mission aims to map the positions of 1 billion stars in the Milky Way.  This list links out to teaching resources associated with the Gaia's science goals .

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Episode 6: Charting the Galaxy - from Hipparcos to Gaia

This ESA video looks at the development of techniques to map the stars in the Milky Way, leading up to the Gaia mission.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Asteroids and Comets

From its position in space, Gaia will be able to detect asteroids that are difficult to see from Earth based observations.  This video explains why those observations are important.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Measuring Distances in the Universe

Gaia will be used to accurately measure distances between stars using parallax measurements.  This resource contains a series of excercises in which students use real data to measure astronomical distances.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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The ESA/ESO Astronomy Exercise Series

Gaia will detect supernovae and other quasi-stellar objects.  In these excercises, students can calculated distances using supernovae and other "standard candles".

publication year
2010 to 2019

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