The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft will create a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, revealing information about its composition, formation and evolution. The mission will measure the position for about one billion stars in our galaxy and local group, with radial velocity measurements for the brightest 150 million objects. Gaia will launch in 2013 on a five-year mission, with a possible one-year extension…
Spectacular Milky Way Maps Show Our Galaxy in New Light - A view of the Milky Way galaxy in microwaves, captured by the European Space Agency's Planck satellite. The different colors correspond to different elements, including gas, dust, and energetic particles.
The European Space Agency reports that this image, captured by the Planck spacecraft, is among the first to reveal the shape of the Milky Way's magnetic field. The colors show temperature, with dark red the hottest and dark blue the coldest. And the relief lines reveal the shape of the vast magnetic field that envelops our galaxy and protects us from some of the high energy particles zooming through deep space.
According to the European Space Agency, this Planck spacecraft-captured image reveals the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field. And, we might add, it looks oddly reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
The most detailed map of the Milky Way ever shows it's even bigger than we thought - ScienceAlert
New ESA Image (Gaia Satellite) of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Thursday released a colourful new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1055, an older sister of our Milky Way, that is about 55 million light-years from Earth and is located in the constellation of Cetus