Gaia: How do you find a star cluster? Easy, simply count the stars

 

MISSION NEWS AS OF THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2017

  • HOW DO YOU FIND A STAR CLUSTER? EASY, SIMPLY COUNT THE STARS
    It’s the perfect meeting of old and new. Astronomers have combined the latest data from ESA’s Gaia mission with a simple analysis technique from the 18th century to discover a massive star cluster that had previously escaped detection. Now, subsequent investigations are helping reveal the star-forming history of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59741

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Video explainer: How to find a star cluster. (Click here for details and large versions of the video.) Credit: ESA

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