This video of Gaia was captured last night by Nick James, based in the UK. According to the information published on Gaia blog, the video was acquired by Nick at about 01:00 GMT this morning in Chelmsford.
Nick's description of the video:
Timelapse of the Gaia spacecraft taken using a C11 telescope and ST9XE CCD. Each frame is a 5 s exposure and the animation is played at 25 fps. At the time the images were taken Gaia was around 158,000 km away about 16 hours after launch. The field of view is 13 arcminutes square. (Skip video.)
More images and videos are available at Gaia in the sky.
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