A new trove of data from Europe’s Gaia mission will lead to the best Milky Way map ever

The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission will release new data on June 13, and scientists can’t wait.

The upcoming data dump will contain information on nearly two billion of the brightest objects in the sky. Experts say the release will boost the mapping of our galaxy, the Milky Way, allowing astronomers to see to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and discern much finer detail in its structure than ever before.

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