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Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars

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Artist’s impression of Gaia spacecraft, with the Milky Way in the background (Credit: ESA/ATG MEDIALAB; background image: ESO/S. Brunier)

Gaia, a European Space Agency satellite designed to unlock the secrets of the birth and evolution of the Milky Way, has released its first wave of data on the positions and brightness for about one billion stars. 

Euclid-VIS Assembly Integration and Test Manager

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Applications are invited for the post of Euclid-VIS AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test) Manager for the Visible Instrument on the ESA Euclid dark-energy mission. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most interesting and important scientific missions under development. The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of the performance and operational verification of the instrument, in the UK, France, Switzerland and Italy. The role will also include the planning, oversight and in some cases execution of the testing and verification across the consortium institutes and external test houses. The AIT Manager will coordinate all test activities for the VIS instrument and represent VIS at consortium meetings.

Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars

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Gaia

Gaia, a European Space Agency satellite designed to unlock the secrets of the birth and evolution of the Milky Way, has released its first wave of data on the positions and brightness for about one billion stars.
Gaia

Report on Space Weather impacts to finance published

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UCL researchers have been applying their knowledge of “space weather” to help the the finance sector build their resilience to this natural phenomenon. Space weather refers to changes in the near-Earth space that are caused by the Sun. Huge explosions and eruptions in the Sun’s atmosphere reach out and cause changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, and this ultimately has knock-on effects to much of our modern technology, for example electricity distribution, satellite services and communications. A new report led by UCL lays out guidance on how to factor space weather risks into business resiliency planning for the finance sector, and discusses how businesses might be impacted.

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