The Gaia satellite maps the stars • Earth.com

Last update: November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features a view of the Milky Way and its surrounding galaxies from the Gaia satellite.

The map represents the overall brightness and the color of the stars in each region of the sky based on measurements of nearly.1.7 billion stars obtained between July 2014 and May 2016.

The bright horizontal structure is the Galactic plane, which is home to most of the stars in our galaxy.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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