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Upcoming Events


​​​​​​​18 - 22 January 2021
11th OPTICON Gaia Science Alerts workshop
(Virtual event)

10 - 12 February 2021
MW-Gaia Workshop 2021: Galactic Centre and Inner Galaxy
(Virtual event)

28 June - 2 July 2021
European Astronomical Society- Annual Meeting
(Leiden, The Netherlands)​​​​​​​
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News & Highlights






15/01/2021 Datalink functionality down

Due to maintenance to some of our servers, the datalink functionality to retrieve lightcurves from the Gaia Archive is down at the moment. We are working to get things up as soon as possible. UPDATE: Datalink is back up.


18/12/2020 Grand Prize 2020 for Gaia

At its last session on 25 September, the Air and Space Academy (AAE) has awarded its Grand Prize 2020 to Anthony Brown, astronomer at the Leiden Observatory, and Vincent Poinsignon, Gaia satellite project manager at Airbus Defence & Space, for their decisive contribution to the success of the scientific space mission of the Gaia satellite.


18/12/2020 Vacancies for postdoctoral positions at Leiden Observatory

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Leiden Observatory to work on the survey selection function for the Gaia mission. The research will be done as part of the EU-funded GaiaUnlimited project. More information can be found here, or contact Anthony Brown directly.


03/12/2020 Gaia Early Data Release 3 online now!

Today at 12:00 CET, the Gaia Collaboration released its Gaia Early Data Release 3 catalogue. If you are interested to follow up on some of the events, which are still ongoing, check out our events page. More information on the release can be found from the Gaia Early Data Release 3 overview page. Some stories highlighting the release have been published here.



01/12/2020 Build your own mini-Gaia

Need something to do while waiting for the Gaia Archive to come back online? Why not build a mini-Gaia in the meantime. Building instructions are provided thanks to Willliam Taylor. You can find an example of the mini-Gaia model below.

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30/11/2020 Precise maps of millions of bright quasars show our place in the cosmos as never before

On 24 November a Science Magazine article was published on the Gaia reference frame and its impact on navigation in space.


27/11/2020 Gaia Newsletter Issue 14

Find the latest version of the Gaia Newsletter here.


18/11/2020 Gaia EDR3 source code

Some source code accompanies the Gaia EDR3 papers. The description of the code and info on where to find the code is available from this page.


02/11/2020 International Astronomical Union - Focus meeting 7

At the IAU General Assembly XXXI in Busan, Rep. of Korea, a focus meeting will be held on "Astrometry for 21st century astronomy". The IAU General Assembly will take place from 16 to 27 August 2021. The precise dates for the Focus Meeting 7 will be announced later.


20/10/2020 Lennart Lindegren and Jackie Faherty awarded prizes for dynamical astronomy

We are pleased to announce that Lennart Lindegren and Jackie Faherty were awarded prizes by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA). Lennart was awarded the 2020 Dirk Bouwer Career Award, and Jackie Faherty won the 2020 Vera Rubin Early Career Prize. Find here more information on the prizes and this news.


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