Over 400 Million New Stars to Name!

Astronomers have been extremely excited lately with all of the data pouring out of Gaia.precise map of the stars

The only problem is, there’s too much of it!

Over a billion flecks of light have been recorded already. Four hundred million have never been recorded before. That’s a HUGE new database of stars.

In fact, it is such a huge leap that a website has been set up asking for any one’s help that’s willing to give it. You can find the website here.

And don’t worry if you’re no expert. A group of school children while demonstrating to the BBC on how to use the website stumbled on a supernova, an exploded star.

So if school kids can do this, you sure can too!

And on On May 16, the Gaia satellite spotted its first superluminous supernova.

And it’s not only stars that Gaia has captured, there will undoubtedly be planets as well.

Some scientists speculate that the number of new planets found will top 20,000 in the next five years.

In the last twenty years of searching for planets in our solar system by both professional and amateur astronomers, only 3,000 have been found.

Imagine all of the possibilities in our heavens now…

It’ll be interesting to see how these new stars will be named and cataloged. Since I’m not married, I guess I’d be naming a star after someone like my grandmother or even my cat Mila.

But to be serious, this represents an entire new “world” to play in.

I love astronomy, and this just gets me even more motivated to buy a telescope or something.

I love looking up at night at the stars. There grandness makes me realize how insignificant I am at the end of the day.

And how beautiful and amazing our universe really is.

and is scheduled to stay out there giving up the most precise map of our heavens for the next five years.

Gaia will make a very precise 3D map of our Milky Way Galaxy:

  • It is the successor to the Hipparcos satellite which mapped some 100,000 stars
  • The one billion to be catalogued by Gaia is still only 1% of the Milky Way’s total
  • But the survey’s quality promises a raft of discoveries beyond just the star map
  • It will find new asteroids and planets; It will test physical constants and theories
  • Gaia’s sky map will be the reference to guide future telescopes’ observations

It’s believed it will find stars, asteroids and even planets. Let alone all of the supernovas and other natural disruptions of the universe.

It will also end a lot of debates in the scientific world as well.

And most likely create new ones.

I’m so excited to see how this all works out!

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