See 2.8 million stars shine in one stunning image

Found on CNe News on Tuesday, 05 September 2017
Browse Astronomy

Gaia is on a mission to build a 3D map of the Milky Way. The ESA calls it a "billion-star surveyor." The image sequence shows just one small corner of our galaxy, but it's an area densely stuffed with stars.

There are around 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way, according to the ESA, so looking at just 2.8 million of them shows us just a small fraction of our home galaxy.

Images like this make you feel really small; and also make it hard to believe that we are the only one out there.