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The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission has been building the largest and most detailed star map humanity has ever known. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:

As a result of this exceptional astronomical catalog from Gaia, humans have gained our cosmic bearings at a level never achieved before.

“Before Gaia, we roughly had a map of the city where we lived, but then everything beyond that was a little unclear and gray,” said [Timo Prusti, a Gaia scientist at the European Space Agency]. “What Gaia is doing is not mapping a state or a country, but a continent. We are just making this huge leap from the surroundings of our Sun to, really, a large section of our Milky Way galaxy.”

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