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28 October 2020

New Survey Finds that Single Burst of StarFormation Created Milky Way’s Central Bulge

Result contradicts previous studies suggesting two or more episodes of star formation. Like most spiral galaxies, the Milky Way has a roughly spherical collection of stars at its center called the bulge.

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15 September 2016

Gaia’s first sky map

Besancon researchers of UTINAM Institute and Observatory of Earth Sciences THETA Franche-Comté Bourgogne are part of this incredible adventure since its beginning over 15 years .

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15 July 2016

New Distant Dwarf Planet Beyond Neptune

Jean-Marc Petit, astrophysicist at UTINAM Institute, contributed to the discovery of a dwarf planet among the small icy worlds beyond Neptune.
© Michele Bannister

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7 April 2016

A new heart for the Gaia Object Generator

The first Gaia data release is imminent and it is going to revolutionize the study of the Galactic structure and evolution. As part of its preparation, the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) Coordinate Unit 9 is in charge to guarantee that the data has passed a set of quality tests.

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To note

DataBFC colloquium - research data in Burgundy Franche-Comté

The "DataBFC" colloquium took place from November 13 to 15 2017 in Besançon (France)