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Gaia's all-sky map of radial velocities

Gaia's all-sky map of radial velocities

Date: 25 April 2018
Satellite: Gaia
Copyright: ESA/Gaia/DPAC, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

All-sky view of radial velocities of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, based on data from the second release of ESA's Gaia satellite. The radial velocity is the component of a star's true velocity through space measured along the line of sight.

The image shows the rotation pattern of stars in the Galaxy: stars shown in blue are moving towards the Sun, while stars shown in red are moving away. This information can be inferred from the red- or blue- shift of the light in the spectrum of a star as measured by Gaia's radial velocity spectrometer.

Acknowledgement: Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC); Gaia Coordination Unit 6; A. Brown, University of Leiden, The Netherlands; D. Katz, Observatory of Paris, France

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License. Creative Commons License

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-May-2024 12:34 UT

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