Most detailed 3D map ever of Milky Way includes nearly 2 billion stars

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The map measures stars closer to the edge of the Milky Way than ever before.


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You can’t just drive a Google Maps car around the Milky Way to diagram it. It’s fortunate, then, that new information gathered by the European Space Agency’s Gaia observatory offers the most detailed map yet of the galaxy. The project’s map now includes almost 2 billion stars, and it helps the agency trace the Milky Way’s history.

“The new Gaia data promise to be a treasure trove for astronomers,” Jos de Bruijne, ESA’s Gaia deputy project scientist, said in a statement.

The new information not only brings the total number of stars mapped over seven years up to close to 2 billion, but it includes “a detailed census of more than 300,000 stars in our cosmic neighborhood,” meaning stars within 326 light-years of the sun. That 300,000 number is believed to be 92% of

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A ‘tsunami’ for astrophysics: New Gaia data reveals the best map of our galaxy yet

Astronomers were hit today (Dec. 3) with a huge wave of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory.

Those researchers can now explore the best-yet map of the Milky Way, with detailed information on the positions, distances and motion of 1.8 billion cosmic objects, to help us better understand our place in the universe. 

“Gaia data is like a tsunami rolling through astrophysics,” said Martin Barstow, head of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Leicester, who is part of Gaia’s data processing team. He was speaking at a virtual news conference held today, at which another Gaia researcher, Giorgia Busso of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, also told reporters that this data has produced “a revolution” in many fields of astrophysics, from the study of galactic dynamics like stellar evolution to the study of nearby objects like asteroids in the solar

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‘Genshin Impact’ Expanded Map Leaked

KEY POINTS

  • “Genshin Impact” will receive more updates in the future
  • A leaker shared an image of the game’s alleged expanded map which features new locations
  • These locations will be available via future updates, the leaker says

A new “Genshin Impact” leak may have revealed the popular game’s huge map that will be made available to players in the future.

A prominent “Genshin Impact” leaker who goes by the name “NEP NEP Genshin Impact Leaks” recently shared, via Twitter, an image of the game’s expanded map. The leaked map is way bigger than the one currently available to all users and gives a glimpse at the many things the game has in store for players.

“Genshin Impact” developer miHoYo promised that it will release a slew of new content for players in the near future, Comicbook reported. While the devs did not divulge any details regarding these updates, it appears

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Scientists map ‘new atlas of the universe’



The new telescope has already mapped a million new galaxies


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The new telescope has already mapped a million new galaxies

Australian scientists say they have mapped a million new galaxies using an advanced telescope in the desert.

The CSIRO, the national science agency, said its new telescope had created “a new atlas of the universe” in record time – showing unprecedented detail.

It mapped three million galaxies in total, with pictures revealing twice the level of detail of previous surveys, the study said.

Astronomers hope the images will lead to new discoveries about the universe.

The CSIRO said the mapping took just 300 hours, whereas previous all-sky surveys had taken years.

With the data publicly available, scientists around the world would be able to study “everything from star formation to how galaxies and their super-massive black hole evolve and interact”, said lead author Dr David McConnell.

“We expect to find tens of millions of new galaxies in future

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Earth faster, closer to black hole, in new map of galaxy — ScienceDaily

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that our planet is plunging towards the black hole. Instead the changes are results of a better model of the Milky Way Galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of objects observed over the course of more than 15 years by the Japanese radio astronomy project VERA.

VERA (VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry, by the way “VLBI” stands for Very Long Baseline Interferometry) started in 2000 to map three-dimensional velocity and spatial structures in the Milky Way. VERA uses a technique known as interferometry to combine data from radio telescopes scattered across the Japanese archipelago in order to achieve the same resolution as a 2300 km diameter telescope would have. Measurement accuracy achieved with this resolution, 10 micro-arcseconds,

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Senmiao Technology Announces Strategic Cooperation with Gaode Map for Utilization in Ride Sharing Initiatives

CHENGDU, China, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Senmiao Technology Limited (“Senmiao“) (Nasdaq: AIHS), a provider of automobile transaction and related services targeting the online ride-hailing industry as well as an operator of its own online ride-hailing platform in China, today announced initial results from its strategic cooperation with Gaode Map (“Gaode”) (AutoNavi Software, Co., Ltd), one of China’s leading map applications, to integrate its mapping functionality with Senmiao’s online ride-sharing platform, Xixingtianxia. Senmiao’s platform is targeting drivers and riders in Chengdu, China, one of its core cities with a population of approximately 16 million.

Gaode is one of China’s most popular map apps, and its operator AutoNavi Software Co., Ltd. is a Chinese web mapping, navigation and location-based services provider, founded in 2001 and acquired by Alibaba Group in 2014.

Xixingtianxia signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Gaode in April 2020 and drivers

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New telescope in works at Green Bank to detect, map Fast Radio Bursts | News

A new radio-telescope linked to similar telescopes at two sites in Canada will be built at the Green Bank Observatory, following the National Science Foundation’s award of a $1.7 million grant to a WVU professor studying Fast Radio Bursts.

The horizontal, 60-meter long, 20-meter wide telescope features a cylindrical profile similar to a snowboarding half-pipe. According to iNFOnews.ca, it will operate in concert with similar “Outrigger” telescopes planned for construction at the Algonquin Radio Observatory in Ontario and at a site near Allenby, British Columbia.

The three Outrigger scopes will in turn connect with the similar, but much larger, CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio-telescope in operation since 2017 at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Kaleden, British Columbia. The Outrigger telescopes will triangulate the positions of targeted objects, allowing the CHIME telescope to pinpoint their locations.

The grant to build the new telescope at Green Bank was awarded

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First map of bee species around the globe — ScienceDaily

There are over 20,000 species of bee, but accurate data about how these species are spread across the globe are sparse. However, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on November 19 have created a map of bee diversity by combining the most complete global checklist of known bee species with the almost 6 million additional public records of where individual species have appeared around the world. The team’s findings support that there are more species of bees in the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern and more in arid and temperate environments than in the tropics.

“People think of bees as just honey bees, bumble bees, and maybe a few others, but there are more species of bees than of birds and mammals combined,” says senior author John Ascher, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the National University of Singapore. “The United States has by far the most species

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Among Us developer teases new map for next month

Among Us developer InnerSloth has used the first post from a newly established Twitter account for the game to tease a new map. “Here’s a special look at the new Among Us map,” the developer tweeted, before hinting that more information would be revealed during The Game Awards on December 10th. Among Us is nominated for two awards at this year’s show, “Best Multiplayer,” and “Best Mobile Game.”



diagram: The screenshot appears to show a cockpit, complete with an all-important vent.


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The screenshot appears to show a cockpit, complete with an all-important vent.

The new map is set to be the game’s fourth, joining the three that are already available. Each has a different layout, and have big implications for how matches play out. The new screenshot doesn’t give too many hints about the overall layout of the unannounced map, but shows what appears to be a large cockpit area, complete with a few screens and an all important

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HHS releases federal HIT road map through 2025

HHS on Friday published a road map to coordinate federal health information technology goals over the next five years, with a focus on pushing forward the department’s vision of allowing patients to be able to download their own electronic health data using smartphone apps.

The federal health IT strategic plan, which spans 2020 to 2025 and includes four overarching objectives, is designed to align goals and help prioritize resources related to health IT and health data exchange across federal agencies. It updates a previous federal health IT plan, which ran 2015-2020 and was released in September 2015.

The draft plan outlines four goals: promoting health and wellness; enhancing care delivery; building a data-driven ecosystem to accelerate research and innovation; and better connecting healthcare services with health data. It suggests such broad strategies as encouraging new health IT developers to compete in the market by reducing financial and regulatory barriers; promoting

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