ESA’s Gaia mission is mapping the nearby stars in the galaxy. This video is based on over 600,000 stars mapped so far, but Gaia is on track to measure the parallax distances to over one billion stars during five-year mission. The video zooms from outside the Milky Way into the region mapped by Gaia. A few notable stars are labelled with their common names, and others stars are labelled with numbers from Gaia‘s catalog. Eventually, the point of view approaches our home star Sol (the Sun), then resolves the reflective glow of the Earth.
Video Credit: ESA