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Understanding Gaia

A Mission to Map the Galaxy

  • Gabriella Bernardi
  • Alberto Vecchiato
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. G as in Gaia, Galaxy, Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 3-5
    3. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 7-22
    4. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 23-33
  3. A as in Astronomy and Astrometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 37-41
    3. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 43-61
    4. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 63-70
  4. I as in Instrumentation and Information Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 73-89
    3. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 91-101
  5. A as in Astronautics and Scientific Anticipation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 105-115
    3. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 117-135
  6. Gaia’s Latest News

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 139-145
    3. Gabriella Bernardi, Alberto Vecchiato
      Pages 147-156
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-158

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first to provide a comprehensive, readily understandable report on the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission that will meet the needs of a general audience. It takes the reader on an exciting journey of discovery, explaining how such a scientific satellite is made, presenting the scientific results available from Gaia to date, and examining how the collected data will be used and their likely scientific consequences.

The Gaia mission will provide a complete and high-precision map of the positions, distances, and motions of the stars in our galaxy. It will revolutionize our knowledge on the origin and evolution of the Milky Way, on the effects of mysterious dark matter, and on the birth and evolution of stars and extrasolar planets. The Gaia satellite was launched in December 2013 and has a foreseen operational lifetime of five to six years, culminating in a final stellar catalogue in the early 2020s. This book will appeal to all who have an interest in the mission and the profound impact that it will have on astronomy.  

Keywords

European Space Agency Gaia mission popular science book Origin of the Milky Way Evolution of the Milky Way Effects of dark matter Birth and evolution of stars Birth and evolution of extrasolar planets

Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriella Bernardi
    • 1
  • Alberto Vecchiato
    • 2
  1. 1.TorinoItaly
  2. 2.National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF)Pino TorineseItaly

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