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When you look up at the night sky and see the Milky Way, it hardly looks like more than a haze of stars. ESA wanted to turn that cloudy haze into a database of stars, and has been developing a catalog of just a fraction of the Milky Way with their Gaia mission. The biggest undertaking of its kind ever. Gaia is collecting data to figure out how the Milky Way formed, and what types of stars it carries.
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In this sweeping episode we talk to Anthony Brown, Chair of the Gaia data processing and analysis consortium and researcher at Leiden Observatory - about the huge piles of data this mission is collecting, and the insights its giving us about our own cosmic backyard.
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Types of objects found by Gaia
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