Map of observed targets

Map of observed targets (provided by Cambridge Astronomy Survey Unit (CASU), see Gaia-ESO Survey overview). Key: MW = Milky Way, CL = Cluster, SD = Standard.


Gaia-ESO is a public spectroscopic survey, targeting ≥ 105 stars, systematically covering all major components of the MilkyWay, from halo to star forming regions, providing the first homogeneous overview of the distributions of kinematics and elemental abundances. This alone will revolutionise knowledge of Galactic and stellar evolution: when combined with Gaia astrometry the survey will quantify the formation history and evolution of young, mature and ancient Galactic populations. With well-defined samples, we will survey the bulge, thick and thin discs and halo components, and open star clusters of all ages and masses. The Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) spectra will: quantify individual elemental abundances in each star; yield precise radial velocities for a 4-D kinematic phase-space; map kinematic gradients and abundance - phase-space structure throughout the Galaxy; follow the formation, evolution and dissolution of open clusters as they populate the disc, and provide a legacy dataset that adds enormous value to the Gaia mission and ongoing ESO imaging surveys.

For a top-level description of the project see the overiew article (PDF, large file - 1.98MB).

Public Gaia-ESO Survey Science Archive can be found at

Gaia-ESO Survey is an ESO project (project 188.B-3002).

The project has received funding from Leverhulme Trust (project RPG-2012-541), European Research Council (project ERC-2012-AdG 320360-Gaia-ESO-MW) and Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) (2012 (CRA:; 2013 (CRA:

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Public Data Release 2

We are pleased to let you know that the Gaia-ESO data release 2 is now online. Read more

Gaia-⁠ESO visualisations

Visualisations of Gaia-ESO [Mg/Fe] and age data superimposed on a model Galaxy are available for download. These use DR2 data, and are described in... Read more

Gaia and GES video

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Last data release

Gaia-ESO Data Release 2

Release type: public

Release date: 21/07/2015

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