Astronomy Picture of the Day features Gaia Sky

Today, 26 September 2016, the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) features a video we have prepared with Gaia Sky at the ARI/Uni Heidelberg. The video itself shows a flight from outside of our Milky Way galaxy to the Sun and then a travel through the Solar System towards the vicinity of the Earth, displaying in this journey a little over 600.000 stars from the TGAS part of Gaia Data Release 1.

The video caption wanders a bit off topic, for it mentions neither Gaia DR1 nor TGAS, the main points of the video. Anyway, it is nice to have a video featured in APOD.

Gaia videos

With Gaia Data Release 1 in mind, we have prepared a few videos with flights through the TGAS catalog and generally showcasing the Gaia Sky.

Check out the playlist:

First version of Gaia Sky released in conjunction with Gaia DR1

Last September 14 the first Gaia catalog, Gaia Data Release 1, was made public. To celebrate the occasion, we also released version 1.0.0 of our virtual Universe software, Gaia Sky. This time around, the software comes with big improvements and lots of new features, the most prominent of which is the addition of the TGAS catalog, a part of Gaia DR1 which contains 3D positions for approximately 2 million objects. Check out the release trailer.

Here is the changelog. As always, for a full list of changes see here.

Gaia Sky hits version 0.800b

Today I'm releasing version 0.800b of the Gaia Sky, probably the last beta version before version one, which will come in late summer with GDR1 (Gaia data release 1).

This time around we bring on loads of improvements, bug fixes and new features. Check the comprehensive change log out:

The Gaia Sky is Gaia Image of the Week

The Gaia Sky software, former Gaia Sandbox, (and in particular its WebGL ports) has been chosen by ESA to be Gaia Image of the Week. The WebGL version includes a spinoff -called A Window to Gaia: The Focal Plane- which displays in real time the Tycho-2 stars that are being observed by Gaia. The WebGL ports have problems with mobile browsers and also with Safari, but they should work well with Google Chrome and Firefox (the former is significantly faster than the latter).

Here is the video which showcases the web applications:

Gaia Sky WebGL

Lots of new exciting stuff in Gaia Sandbox 0.704b

I have been working hard these last couple of months and today I'm proud to announce the release of the second beta version of the Gaia Sandbox, the open source, free, astronomy sandbox focused on the Gaia mission.

It comes with lots of bug fixes, features and improvements. But do not believe me, check out the following list of new stuff for yourself:

  • Lots of bug fixes.
  • Internationalised (EN, DE, ES, CA).
  • Interface overhaul.
  • New theme - Dark-big.
  • Stereoscopic mode.
  • Gamepad support.
  • New JSON data format.
  • New dwarf planets/asteroids.
  • STIL integration (VOTable, csv, FITS, etc.).
  • Camera speed limits.
  • Camera path recording and playing.
  • HDR atmospheric scattering.

Check the full list of changes since the last version in GitHub.

So, what are you waiting for? Go try it out, and if you find bugs or have suggestions, do not hesitate to report!

Released the first beta version of the Gaia Sandbox!

Today we have published the first public BETA version (v0.703b) of the Gaia Sandbox, a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation application that runs on Linux, Windows and MacOSX systems. Its main purpose is to serve as an outreach platform to ESA's Gaia mission, and it is free (as in freedom and gratis). It is also open source under the LGPL, so go try it out!

Gaia Sandbox logo

The Gaia Sandbox is a real time simulation of Gaia, the Solar System and the Galaxy with advanced graphics and more than 100.000 stars to observe and navigate through. Here are some of its main features:

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