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The first accurate and detailed map of the Milky Way

A project in Leiden, Netherlands by Kevin Jardine
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Using data produced by the Gaia astrometric satellite combined with exoplanets, dust, nebula, and hydrogen data from other sources.
Backers: 199
Average Pledge Per Backer: €87

Funded: €17,338 of €7,000
Dates: Dec 5th -> Feb 3rd (60 days)
Project By: Kevin Jardine
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Latest News

Expanding the project?

January 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Thanks to your amazing support, we have now reached double the pledges of our original Kickstarter goal!  Some people have asked what we plan to do with the extra funds. First, for those who ordered a limited edition poster, we will be shipping a... (Read More)

Gaia in the news

January 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Prototype map (Perseus arm second quadrant) with real nebula image mock up The Gaia star mapping satellite is in the news, with a long feature article in Nature magazine: Hidden history of the Milky Way revealed by extensive star maps This week we... (Read More)

Thanks to our supporters

January 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you tweet I've just sent out a tweet thanking some of the Gaia Mission scientists and others who have made this map possible. Click on the image or click here to see the full thread. And thank you again for your support!  (Read More)

Galaxy Map has met its goal!

January 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project! The Kickstarter has met its goal, enabling us to acquire a graphics workstation that will allow us to render a poster, large digital interactive images, and fly through animations of the first... (Read More)

More on the limited edition poster

January 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
For those backing at the € 75 level or higher, we'll be shipping a limited edition poster. There will be a huge amount of detail on the final poster, including hundreds of nebulae and more than a thousand star clusters. In order to display labels... (Read More)

More than 50% of our goal reached!

December 21st - via: kickstarter.com
After only two weeks we have already reached more than 50% of our goal. Thank you very much for your support! This week has been a big week for the Gaia star mapping satellite in the news. It appeared in many science year-end summaries of course. But... (Read More)

Twitter thread

December 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Twitter thread We're now more than a third of the way to meeting our goal. As the holidays approach, I've tweeted a short thread about the project. If you can I encourage you to embed it in Facebook or other social media and spread it as widely as... (Read More)

Cas OB6 wallpaper

December 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Heart and soul region This 1920x1080 px wallpaper using our current prototype map, highlights the Cas OB6 association of hot young stars, a favourite of astrophotographers because it includes the spectacular Heart and Soul nebulae. Cas OB6 lies in... (Read More)

Printed poster

December 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Several people have asked for a printed shipped poster of the galaxy map. After consulting with a couple of poster fulfilment companies, I've set a limited number of these posters at the €75 level.  If you would like a limited run poster of the... (Read More)

Wallpaper series

December 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Zeta Ophiuchi wallpaper Just for fun, I'm creating a series of 1920x1080 px wallpaper images using the current top down map prototype. The final map will be much better of course! You can get the full wallpaper image here. The first wallpaper... (Read More)

Extra goodies for our backers

December 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Other than the Blender files, most of the resources produced by this Kickstarter will be released under a Creative Commons license, so anyone can use them. While many people are excited about funding a project that will put the first accurate and... (Read More)

The Gaia mission

December 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hipparcos vs. Gaia The Gaia mission has its origins in the earlier Hipparcos mission, which launched in 1989 and measured the distances to 180 thousand stars, mostly within 250 parsecs (800 light years) of the Sun. The success of Hipparcos inspired... (Read More)

First update

December 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you to all our first day backers. We're off to a good start. Having said that, we won't meet the goal unless everyone involved helps to promote the Kickstarter! An accurate and detailed map of the Milky Way would be of interest to scientists,... (Read More)

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