Data by European Space
Agency's Gaia mission, contains an unprecedented amount of information about more than 1 billion of the brightest objects in the sky
Astronomers hope the new data,
which will be released June 13, will help solve some major mysteries about the birth and life of the Milky Way and the stars in it.
The Gaia mission
launched in 2013 and is known for creating the most detailed map of the Milky Way
Upcoming data set
will add a new dimension: It will reveal the chemical compositions of tens of millions of stars
Lagrange Point 2 Gaia scans the entire sky about every two months.
The 2 billion
celestial objects the telescope sees make up only about 1% of the total stars in the Milky Way.