- Gaia in one minute
- Max Planck Institute for Astronomy animations
- 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy cartoons
- Gaia film
- Selected Gaia videos
- Selected science videos
- Gaia DR2 Gaia Sky videos and Virtual Reality resources
- Gaia Data Release 2: A guide for scientists videos
- Other videos
- ESA media websites
- Gaia Mission app
- Gaia Archive Visualisation Service gallery
- Gaia Sky 3D visualization software
- Google Chrome 100,000 Stars visualization
- Gaia cut-out model
A series of six cartoons about Gaia. The first four cartoons listed below were created by Angel Eye Media and the Gaia team in Cambridge. The other cartoons two were produced for Gaia by the Open University as episodes of "60 Second Adventures in Astronomy" series.
How old are the stars?
Watch cartoon Why we need Gaia
Just how do you go about creating a 3D map of a galaxy?
Watch cartoon What's the big deal about Gaia?
Cool and exciting science? Big deal! What's the pay-off for me?
Watch cartoon How do we benefit from space?
Find out how you can get involved in Gaia and contribute to new and exciting discoveries in our Galaxy and beyond…
Watch cartoon Can I be part of Gaia?
How will Gaia help us spot Killer Asteroids?
Watch cartoon Gaia and the Killer Asteroids
How do you take a census in space?
Watch cartoon Taking a Galactic Census
If we want to understand our own origins, then we need to understand the chemistry of stars.
Find out more by watching these two cartoons created by Angel Eye Media for M. Bergemann's Stellar Spectroscopy Research Group at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg in collaboration with the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
What might you be able to find about the stars just by examining their light? Watch cartoon What are stars made of?
A series of 14 one-minute cartoons, created by the Open University, explaining selected astronomical topics. The last two cartoons, Gaia and the Killer Asteroids and Taking a Galactic Census, listed above in "Gaia in one minute section", were developed for Gaia. The other 12 cartoons in the series are: The Big Bang, Supernovae, Exoplanets, A Day on Mercury, The Rotating Moon, Life on Mars, Event Horizons, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Special Relativity, Large Hadron Collider and Black Holes. Read more.
A 20-minute film about Gaia - the space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions will revolutionise our understanding of the galaxy and the universe beyond. Watch video Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle.
Explore Gaia's all-sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy and neighbouring galaxies in 360 degrees using Data Release 2 data. Watch video 360° view of Gaia's sky.
A virtual journey showing a comparison between Gaia's first and second data releases. Watch video Comparison between Gaia's first and second data releases.
ESA vodcast introducing Gaia mission, its scientific goals, the spacecraft and instruments. Watch video Charting the Galaxy - from Hipparcos to Gaia.
The Nominal Scanning Law (NSL) animation shows an accurate simulation of the Nominal Scanning Law (NSL) of Gaia during its 5 year nominal mission in 2-dimensional Hammer-Aitoff projection. Watch video The Nominal Scanning Law.
Animation showing distorting effects of the Charge Transfer Inefficiency (CTI) on observed stellar images. Watch video CTI Effects Models for Gaia.
A virtual journey showing the different components that make up our home galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains about a hundred billion stars. Watch video Guide to our Galaxy.
Watch launch videos.
Gaia was featured on Click's live show. The recording of the show can be watched on BBC iPlayer. Gaia section starts at around the 10th minute. Watch Gaia on Click Live Show.
A 360° animated view of the entire sky on 25 April 2018. Watch video Parallax and proper motion on the sky - 360° view.
Globular clusters and dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, using Gaia Data Release 2 data. Watch video Globular clusters and dwarf galaxies orbit.
Animated view of the 14 099 asteroids in our Solar System, as viewed by ESA’s Gaia satellite using information from the mission's second data release. Watch video Gaia's first asteroid survey.
Animation showing the history of Supernovae explosions as recorded on the IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) between 1985 and November 2013. Watch video History of Supernovae detections.
A sound animation created to help understand the diversity of the SNe Ia observations detected by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey. Watch video Supernova Sonata.
A series of engaging videos in which Jon Chase introduces the subject of space science to Scottish Nationals and GCSE pupils. Read more about BBC Bitesize Space Science.
A series of videos made with Gaia Sky using Gaia Data Release 2 data: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/gaiadr2_gaiasky . Included are: Comparison of the Gaia DR1 TGAS catalogue with the new Gaia DR2 catalogue, Demonstration of parallaxes and proper motion in the northern sky, Demonstration of parallaxes and proper motions - 360 degrees video, Demonstration of the LMC rotation, Tour through the Gaia DR2 asteroids.
Several resources have been developed to visualise the extraordinary Gaia Data Release 2 data set, both for public outreach and scientific exploitation purposes. They include:
- interactive videos, which can be viewed with a Virtual Reality Cardboard kit,
- GaiaVR Virtual Reality application (versions for Windows and Mac OS are available), which can be viewed with an HTC Vive virtual reality headset and a motion-tracked handheld controller (it can be used without HTC Vive as the 2D visualisation tool),
- Gaia Sky VR, the Virtual Reality version of Gaia Sky, is a real-time, 3D, astronomy Virtual Reality software that runs on multiple headsets and operating systems thanks to Valve's OpenVR.
For more information about Gaia Data Release 2 Virtual Reality resources and links to downloads visit http://sci.esa.int/gaia/60036-gaia-data-release-2-virtual-reality-resources/ .
"Gaia Data Release 2: A guide for scientists" is a series of 15 videos made by scientists for scientists. They are meant to give some overview of Gaia Data Release 2 and give help or guidance on the usage of the data. Also given are warnings and explanations on the limitations of the data. These videos are based on Skype interviews with the scientists. The videos are available from https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/guide-to-scientists.
Follow Alex Calverley as he explores the IoA. Watch video My Cam - A day at the Institute of Astronomy.
A large selection of Gaia videos and images can be found on the following ESA's websites:
Images of Gaia on its way to L2 point taken in response to DPAC call to "Take a picture of Gaia".
- Images showing integrated GDR1 source brightness and source density maps (all-sky and selected regions).
- All-sky maps in Hierarchical Progressive Survey (HiPS) format for viewing with Aladin or other software supporting HiPS (the maps are based on a HEALPIX grid with NSIDE=8192).
- FITS images of some regions. Contours or other overlays and manipulations for analysis or presentation purposes can be done with DS9, IRAF, Python and other software.
- Large format images for dome projection. Large 16384x8192-pixel all-sky panoramas in a Cartesian plane projection, suitable for use in modern digital planetaria.
Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, open source astronomy visualization software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X. It is developed by the Gaia group at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) at the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University. The release accompanying the Gaia Data Release 1 was built with TGAS (Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution, see Gaia Data Release 1) catalogue.
University of Barcelona has developed a mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app allows you to explore the satellite, and learn about the mission and its science. The app is available for download from iTunes.
The Gaia app for Android devices is now also available for download from Google Play. Download Gaia app for Android devices.
100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of 100,000 stars in the solar neighbourhood. The application uses data from three sources: Hipparcos, Yale Bright Star Catalog, and Gliese/Jahreiss Catalog. It is a Chrome Experiment developed by the Google Data Arts Team. You can try the visualization at http://stars.chromeexperiments.com/. More information about the application can be found at https://experiments.withgoogle.com/chrome/100000-stars and https://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/casestudies/100000stars/.
Make a paper model of Gaia. Download the instructions (PDF, 815 KB). Copyright 2014 – John Jogerst. (Not for commercial use; for personal or educational use only.)
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