Gaia takes a fingerprint of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Gaia data pins down 1.7 billion suns in most detailed star catalogue ever
Stellar motions in nearby galaxy hint at underlying dark matter
Sneak peek of Gaia’s sky in colour
While surveying the positions of over a billion stars, ESA’s Gaia mission is also measuring their colour, a key diagnostic to study the physical properties of stars. A new image provides a preview of Gaia’s first full-colour all-sky map, which will be unleashed in its highest resolution with the next data release in 2018.