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Stars and their variability as observed from space
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Dynamics and physics of asteroids, TNOs, and natural satellites in the new era of Gaia data
(Antalya, Turkey)
9 - 13 September 2019
A synoptic view on the Magellanic Clouds: VMC, Gaia and beyond
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30/07/2019 Opening for a software developer

The Gaia team at the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge, UK) has an opening for a software developer. This team is involved in the data processing of photometric and low-resolution spectroscopy data from the Gaia satellite, and is responsible of the IoA Data Processing Center. More information on this vacancy can be found here.

23/07/2019 Research fellowship opportunity

The INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Florence, Italy) offers a research fellowship to work on the flux calibration of the Gaia mission. The position is for one year and is possibly renewable up to a maximum of three years, depending on performance and funding availability. Deadline for applications is 31 August 2019. More details can be found here.

18/07/2019 Gaia newsletter issue 7

The new Gaia newsletter is out. It can also be found here.

17/07/2019 Gaia moves into mission extension

Yesterday a major manoeuvre took place to ensure Gaia would keep out of Earth's shadow for the coming years. This manoeuvre, called the Whitehead Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvre, also marks the transition of the Gaia mission into its first mission extension. Congratulations to the Gaia team at ESOC for the great achievement yesterday!


10/07/2019 Gaia Sky presentation at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

From June 30 to July 5, 2019, 580 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world had the opportunity to meet 39 Nobel Laureates (from Physics, Chemistry, and Peace) in Lindau at Lake Constance (Bodensee), Germany.

On the last day of the meeting physics institutes from federal state Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany presented their research during a boat trip to the island Mainau. At one of the most visited booths of this exhibition, Gaia Sky was presenting the Gaia mission and Gaia's second star catalogue with VR glasses. Many visitors, young scientists and Nobel Laureates were impressed by a virtual flight through the solar system with the Gaia satellite and the Milky Way with the stars of Gaia Data Release 2. A first reaction from the visitors when putting on the VR glasses was often a "wow"!

Left: Nobel Prize Laureate George Smoot tries out Gaia Sky. Image credit: T. Sagrista. Right: Ulrich Steinbach, Deputy minister of education in Baden-Württemberg. Image credit: Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg

This entertaining way to explain the Gaia Mission was also presented through demos at IAU 2018 and EWASS 2019. If you were at one of the demos and want to learn more about the application, then visit either the Gaia Sky website from the Zentrum für Astronomie of the Heidelberg University or download the application from gitlab.

24/06/2019 NWO Spinoza prize for our Gaia DPAC member Amina Helmi

The NWO Spinoza Prize, which is the highest award in Dutch science, was awarded to several researchers working in the Netherlands who belong to the absolute top of science and have done groundbreaking research. Amina Helmi is one of the NWO Spinoza Laureates for her work on the Dynamics, Structure and Formation of the Milky Way at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen. She is part of Coordination Unit 9 in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and participates in the validation of the Gaia data.


23/05/2019 Lorenzoni Prize 2019 for Gaia DPAC member Eloisa Poggio

The Lorenzoni Prize is an award instituted by the Societa' Astronomica Italiana (SAIt) with the sponsorship of "Officina Stellare" (an Italian manufacturing company in the field of design and construction of telescopes and precision opto-mechanical instrumentation for professional applications for scientific research, aerospace and defense) to reward the best scientific article published by a young researcher in the last 3 years.

This year the Lorenzoni Prize was won by Eloisa Poggio, a young researcher that has published the paper "The Galactic warp revealed by Gaia DR2 kinematics". This paper using Gaia DR2 data reveals that the warp of the Milky Way is a gravitationally induced phenomenon. She was awarded with her prize during the SAIt national meeting that was held in Rome on 16 May 2019.

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