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10/03/2017 Vacancy: Software Developer at Institute of Astronomy Cambridge

The Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge) invites applications for the position of Software Developer. The post-holder will work as part of the local DPCI (Cambridge Data Processing Centre) team of scientists / developers on data processing software for the ground segment of the mission, implementing data processing infrastructure components and algorithms for the calibration and removal of instrumental signatures from the scientific data generated by the satellite.

Further details and requirements are specified in the job description. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.

06/03/2017 Vacancy for a DPAC Operations Scientist

There is an opening for a DPAC Operations Scientist at ESAC, Spain. The role of the DPAC operations scientist will be to lead the effort of assessing the scientific characteristics, quality and coherence of the data products at all processing steps, with the aim to ensure scientific quality control across the DPAC CU boundaries.

In this position a lot of interaction with several groups within DPAC and with the Project and Archive Scientists is expected. More information can be found here.

22/02/2017 ESA images, videos and data available through Open Access

On 20 February 2017 ESA adopted an Open Access policy for content such as still images, videos and selected sets of data. A news article by ESA describes the Open Access policy as adopted by ESA. More information on sets of information currently available can be found here.

20/02/2017 Vacancy for post-doc/engineer position at Paris Observatory

The CU6 DPAC team at Paris Observatory is looking for a post-doc/engineer. The selected candidate will work in Meudon on the software development (conception, optimisation) of the spectroscopic data analysis modules, and on the analysis of the results. Further information and details on how to apply can be found here.

03/02/2017 Gaia DR2 Schedule

The schedule leading up to Gaia DR2 (Data Release 2) has recently been revisited by the DPAC project office, together with ESA. Some necessary changes in the data processing, together with an improved data processing flow, have led to a revised schedule which is believed to be firm as it is based on true performance testing and availability analysis of hardware and people. The new release date will be April 2018. Further details are available here.

25/01/2017 Vacancy: Post-doctoral fellowship at IMCCE/Paris Observatory

A postdoc position "Gaia astrometry and physical properties of asteroids" is available at the IMCCE/Paris Observatory related to the scientific exploitation and validation of Gaia data on asteroids. This fellowship is intended for a period of 18 months, with a possible extension depending on funding and performance. The application deadline is 1 March 2017 with a start date before 1 June 2017. The position will remain open until fulfilled. More information can be found here.

24/01/2017 Gaia’s contribution to asteroid science

Just now ESA Science&Technology published an article on the contribution Gaia has on asteroid science. Tests of the software to detect asteroids in the Gaia data were successful. A Gaia Follow-Up Network for Solar System Objects is in place in case a suspected asteroid is spotted. More information on the Solar System Alerts can be found here.

19/12/2016 Happy 3rd birthday to Gaia!

Since the launch of Gaia on 19 December 2013 Gaia performed an impressive number of astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic measurements. More than 60 billion times an object moved through the Gaia focal plane. The total amount of science data collected since launch can now be viewed through a new information page on mission status numbers.

18/11/2016 Gaia16aye is getting brighter

The spectacular binary microlensing event, Gaia16aye, is getting brighter just as predicted in the Image of the Week item of 27 October. The peak of the brightening is expected on 21 or 22 November and should reach about 11 magnitude in l-band. We are very lucky as the next observation of this target by Gaia happens to be right in time for this brightening and will happen on 21 November (as predicted using GOST).

An extensive follow-up campaign is conducted, according to Lukasz Wyrzykowski. You can contact him if you would like to be involved or if you want to share some data with him on this expected brightening.  The current model, including astrometric prediction, is available here.

18/11/2016 Gaia 'Ask Me Anything' on Gaia Operations

On 21 November 16:00 CET, ESOC will conduct a live 'Ask Me Anything' text chat via Reddit, focusing on Gaia operations. You can find more information on how to participate through this link. This AMA session will highlight day-to-day operations performed for Gaia. If you ever wanted to know more about how well the spacecraft is performing, how commands are sent up to the satellite or what the orbit of Gaia looks like, this is the moment to ask. Our operations team will be happy to answer your questions.

15/11/2016 Presentations of Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop are now available

The slides of the presentations and some tutorials given at the Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop on 2 - 4 November 2016 are now available here. Videos will be posted soon but are currently still being edited. Some pictures of the event have been put online as well.

01/11/2016 Livestream of Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop

The Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop will take place on 2 - 4 November 2016 at ESAC in Spain. You will be able to follow most of the morning sessions through the ESA livestream. More information on the programme of the sessions can be found here.

14/09/2016 Watch Replay of Gaia First Data Release Media Briefing

Livestreaming of the media briefing on the first data release from ESA’s Gaia mission started on 14 September at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST). The media briefing provided examples of the performance of the satellite and its science data, and highlighted the research that can be done with this first data release. Watch the replay of the briefing here.

30/08/2016 Gaia Data Release 1 sneak preview

A new webpage summarises the contents of Gaia Data Release 1 (DR1), DR1 statistical information, uncertainty statistics, as well as its limitations. The page also provides the URL of the Gaia Archive, which will serve simulated data from 1 September onwards. The Gaia Archive with DR1 data will be available as of 14 September 2016, 12:30 CEST.

24/08/2016 A Very Human Venture: Personal Perspectives on Gaia's Data Processing and Analysis Consortium

Since its launch in December 2013 Gaia has been sweeping the skies mapping around one billion stars. The data collected will allow astronomers to probe the very nature of the astronomical objects observed by the spacecraft. But before the data can be useful to the scientific community they must pass through a complex and robust processing pipeline. This is the story of how that pipeline was created and how it has struggled and thrived by virtue of being a truly human endeavour. To read the whole piece, click here.

16/08/2016 Gaia's second anniversary marked by successes and challenges

Operating in the depths of space, far beyond the Moon's orbit, ESA's Gaia spacecraft has now completed two years of a planned five-year survey of the sky. Despite a series of unexpected technical challenges, the mission is on track to complete the most detailed and complex mapping of the heavens ever undertaken. The first mission data will be released on 14 September 2016. Read the whole story here.

 

 

     

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