ESA INSPIRED PROJECT
About Gaia Vari
Gaia Vari is a citizen science project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) supporting Gaia Variable stars classification. Its main objectives are to build a community around the Gaia mission, classify the time-series dataset for interesting variable star cases and invite citizens to become co-authors of scientific publications.
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Gaia is a space observatory of the European Space Agency, launched in 2013 and expected to operate until 2025. The ESA
Gaia consortium is designed to create the richest map of the
Galaxy and its surroundings.
The Gaia consortium has processed nearly 2 billion stars to produce the biggest and latest variable stars catalogue to date – with 10 million variables – including factors like how their brightness
has changed over the years.
The Gaia mission detects occasional and sudden changes in brightness caused by the effect of gravitational microlensing.
Such methods enable us to discover unseen objects like black
holes and free-floating exoplanets, which are extremely rare phenomena among Gaia variables.
The telescopes of Gaia observe rare effects of unseen compact objects on stars. Tidal interactions of such systems are tracked
over the years, giving us the unique opportunity to study
mysterious black holes.
Citizen science is a form of scientific research conducted by amateur scientists. Communities can participate in research on Gaia variable stars, contributing to new scientific discoveries and advancements. Participants can eventually become part of the Gaia Variability team to improve automated classification methods.