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New Gaia data to uncloak Milky Way’s dark past and future

A space telescope that observes stars in the Milky Way as they appear today reveals what happened to the galaxy when it was just a couple of billion years old, and an upcoming data release will allow astronomers to peek into an even more distant past. 

The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission is not a household name like the Hubble Space Telescope or the James Webb Space Telescope. Yet the mission currently produces the most scientific papers and, as Milky Way researchers would tell you, has enabled unprecedented leaps in our understanding of the galaxy’s history. 

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