Gaia Calibration

A calibration image from Gaia. Copyright ESA/DPAC/Airbus DS

Testing on the Gaia spacecraft is apparently going nicely if this image of NGC 1818 is any indication.

About the image from ESA:

A Gaia test image of the young star cluster NGC1818 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, taken as part of calibration and testing before the science phase of the mission begins. The field-of-view is 212 x 212 arcseconds and the image is approximately oriented with north up and east left. The integration time of the image was 2.85 seconds and the image covers an area less than 1% of the full Gaia field of view.

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