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Astronomy Live: Gaia and the Milky Way

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Milky Way galaxy Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC

The Gaia space telescope recently released its second catalog of over 1.3 billion stellar distances, which is helping astronomers visualize the universe and map the Milky Way like never before. Join Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty to explore the data in this immersive full-dome experience.

About the Presenter

Jackie Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education—a unique position that lets her pursue scientific research while mentoring and advising education programs for students and the general public. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet studies with over 80 peer reviewed papers on the topic and numerous top awards and grants won. She co-runs the dynamic research group called Brown Dwarfs in New York City, the extremely popular citizen science project called Backyard Worlds and is a leading expert in visualizing Gaia data in the form you are about to see. 

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