Map of Milky Way – level 2

20-09-2016 07:00

The European Space Agency launched its Gaia satellite three years ago. It has a one-billion-pixel camera which takes pictures of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

The camera is making the most detailed 3D map of the galaxy. The information will help answer questions about our galaxy and its future.

We will not get to see the full map with 1 billion stars until the end of 2017, but we have details about two million stars. From this, the ESA made a video. The video goes from our solar system through the Milky Way until 150 light years away.

Difficult words: launch (send up into the air or into space), Gaia (the ancient Greek word for “Earth”), ESA (the European Space Agency).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.


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