Scientific results from the Gaia mission

summer term 2018
Lecturer: Stefan Jordan
Link to LSF
4 participants
Scientific results from the Gaia mission (MVSem, SS18)

Master Pflichtseminar

This seminar aims at presentations of early scientific results from Gaia. The next Gaia catalogue will be published on April 25 so that students can also choose topics concerning this second Gaia catalogue, which actually is the first 'real' Gaia catalogue.

Stefan Jordan (
Ulrich Bastian (
ARI/ZAH, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69118 Heidelberg

ARI Seminar room (first floor)

Tuesdays, 9:15-10:45

First Seminar:
April 17, 2018, 9:15

Next dates:
Please visit the ARI seminar talk by Michael Biermann on Gaia Data Release 2 on May 3, 2018, 11:15 CEST in the ARI seminar room.

May 8, 2018, 9:15, ARI seminar room:
  • Ulrich Bastian: The content of the Gaia catalogue (catalogue tables)

May 15, 2018, 9:15, ARI seminar room:
  • Some current intricacies and 'joys' of the Gaia data reduction

Later Dates: Student presentations on Gaia Science

In order to obtain the 6 credit points students must give a presentation and write a summary on the presentation and topic (about 10 pages). 

Some information about the Gaia mission:

Mandatory for all: Read the DR2 overview paper: 2018arXiv180409365G and the Astrometry paper: 2018arXiv180409366L

Your presentation should have a lenght of 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of discussion.

Please choose 3 topics covered by the Gaia DR2 papers (first, second, and third choice) and send you suggestion to with CC to

We will send around a doodle poll in order to choose dates for the seminar topics (at the end of June). Also contact your advisor (SJ or UB) about two weeks before your talk and present us a draft or your ideas what you want to talk about.

  • The Seminar topics (12.6.2018):

9:15, Valentin Hanft: Hyper velocity stars with focus on three Hypervelocity White Dwarfs in Gaia DR2 (Shen et al.), Adviser: Stefan Jordan

10:00, Nicolas Hernandez: A Gaia DR2 view of the Open Cluster population in the Milky Way (Cantat-Gaudin et al.): Adviser: Ulrich Bastian

11:00 Kai Roth:  R. P. van der Marel et al., 'First Gaia Dynamics of the Andromeda System: DR2 Proper Motions Orbits, and Rotation of M31 and M33', Adviser: Ulrich Bastian

11:45 Nico Winkel: Riess et al. (2018) 'Milky Way Cepheid Standards for Measuring Cosmic Distances and Application to Gaia DR2: Implications for the Hubble Constant', Adviser: Stefan Jordan

Please send the summaries to and

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Scientific results from the Gaia mission
summer term 2018
Link zum LSF
4 participants