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  1. Hehe. They did show some videos where they could move around a section of the Milky Way. It shouldn't be that hard (code wise) as you know the positions in space and their relative velocity and direction. However the computational power is another story This link does sometime similar and cool, but for only 100000 stars.
  2. Sources: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/home https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/image-of-the-week https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/dr2 Another great overview of all the data plus addition links: https://gea.esac.esa.int/archive/documentation/GDR2/index.html The Gaia satellite- credits: ESA, ATG medialab The Gaia satellite, which launched on December 19th 2013, has just released its second data set (DR2) containing statistics of just under 1.7 billion stars! This is a great moment for the astronomical community who now has the opportunity to feast on a lot of data. And the best part is: you can download all the data yourself! See: https://gea.esac.esa.int/archive/ Gaia has been measuring star transits almost continually since 2013 completing a full sky survey every 2 months and then stars over, detecting circa 100000 stars per minute (source: live coverage of the release). Which is not just a crazy amount of data points but also a hugh technical achievement. Thus resulting into the total number of star transits of 100 billion. Note that the data set of Gaia does not contain 100 billion stars, but 1692919135 stars, where the stars are measured multiple times during the course of the observations. Which is only about 1 percent of the total number of stars in our galaxy alone. And our galaxy is only one galaxy in the universe, which is estimated (as far as we know now) to have 2 trillion galaxies. Besides the fact that there are many sources measured, another great accomplishment is the fact that there are over 7 million sources with radial velocities. This means that of over 7 million stars we know how fast they are moving through the Milky Way and in which direction. This can result in a much greater understanding of galaxy dynamics. Also pay attention to the difference in sources for the variable sources in DR1 and DR2 (these are stars whos magnitude\brightness changes over time periodically). These sources are also called 'standard candles', this is because they have a very well defined relation between variability and brightness. And in the world of astrophyics knowing the brightness of a source very accurately is knowing the distance very well. Hence the name 'standard candle'. Image source: https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Missions/Gaia To end this post I'd like to show the images made from the data in DR1(left) and DR2 (right), I highly recommend downloading the images yourselfs and take a look at our Milky Way and many other sources inside the Milky Way. Any more astronomers on this forum? What do you guys think about this release? I think this release is another monumental accomplishment and in the coming years astronomers will have their hands full understanding the data and revealing more mysteries of our Milky Way/universe. Quick side note: most people often ask me what is the point of astronomy, but most people do not know how many technical inventions orgininate from astronomy/space travel. Like velcro, high res camera's, MRI technology etc etc. on top of the scientific understanding of our universe.
  3. Synology or Buffalo?

    I am first going to put in two 1 TB drive from Seagate (not sure which ones atm) that I still have around. Besides I already own a 3TB WD Red drive so I was thinking about getting another if the two 1TB drives aren't enough.
  4. Synology or Buffalo?

    Thanks for the info. I still have to take a look at it.
  5. System Stability Testing?

    AIDA64 itself has a tool to monitor temps. There is quite a lot of information on AIDA64, so it might take some time to figure it out. I'd suggest you look at some tutorials.
  6. System Stability Testing?

    I would also recommend AIDA64. Just run it for 20-30 min and see if temperatures are fine and system still runs etc... you can also test the HDD and SDD if you'd like but if they are new there isn't really a need for it.
  7. Synology or Buffalo?

    Thanks, I will take a look.
  8. I would love to see a remaster of Lego Rock Raiders! Also underground 2 was my 'real' racing game, it was great...
  9. Synology or Buffalo?

    Hi, I want to get a NAS for just foto and documents backup, no movies or tv shows etc. I am debatting between the Synology DS216se (2 bay) or the BUFFALO LinkStation 441D (4 bay). The price difference is only ~70 euro's which is not a problem for me. What I do not know, and cannot find really much on, is which brand has the better overall experience/features? I hear a lot of positive things about Synology but I do not hear much about Buffalo in general. What are you guys' experiences with these brands for a NAS? Cheers.
  10. I guess that's mostly the reasoning of flat Earthers.. I haven't met one yet (unfortunately), would love to get into a discussion. I myself studied (instrumentational) astrophysics, therefore I would like to think that I know a thing or two about it
  11. Have you seen this: https://io9.gizmodo.com/what-would-the-earth-be-like-if-it-was-the-shape-of-a-d-1515700296 According to the laws of physics it is possible Regarding your colleague, why does he think that? What are his arguments/facts?
  12. That's really impossible to say. It depends on too many factors like magnitude of the earthquake, the ground where your house is (geographic location), how old your house is, the structure of your house and many many more. If you are afraid an earthquake will happen you can only prepare as best as you can by having emergency packages ready with food and water etc. You can even construct an emergency shelter in your garden/basement. Where do you live? Have an earthquakes happen in the last decade? Even small ones?
  13. What VPN to use?

    Too bad PIA doesn't work with Netflix.
  14. What VPN to use?

    Haha I just saw the video. It's a nice coincidence I just acquired PIA and we'll see how I like it.