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THE TELESCOPE ASTROMETRIC GAIA


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Between 2014 and 2018, an astrometric and photometric telescope will be placed at the Lagrange point L2 of the Earth and observe a billion stars (down to magnitude 20). Among the stars, a million objects are asteroids in the solar system.

GAIA will make a big jump in our knowledge of asteroids in addition to detection of more than 800,000 new bodies. The orbits of the observed bodies of the solar system will be perfectly known and predictions of a collision with the Earth predictable on one century.