On 13 September 2016 the first release of the data collected by ESA's Gaia satellite during its first 14 months of operation, between July 2014 and September 2015, has been published. The first catalogue of more than a milliard stars has been given free to download one day later.
It is the largest all-sky survey of celestial objects to date. The main purpose of Gaia Mission is to scan the positions, velocities and spectra of stars all around the Sun's near and further environment, up to about 30000 lightyears. Most of those stars are believed to belong to the Milky-Way Galaxy, supposedly a bared spiral galaxy to which also our Sun belongs. However, the days of the concept of Milky Way as our "mother" galaxy are numbered now, mainly owing to the results of the Gaia Mission.
One of the most important consequences of the already reached unification in physics is a new Unified-Physics definition of the energetic order of our visible Universe, the Cosmic Hierarchy of our Solar System. According to this new order, a conglomeration of stars which we see across the sky, which we have supposed to be Milky Way Galaxy, is not a galaxy at all. The nearest spiral galaxy to our Sun is Large Magellanic Cloud, the member of level 5 of the Cosmic Hierarchy, belonging directly to the Andromeda Group of Galaxies (level 6).
It is very exciting to see, that even the preliminary analysis of the first data from Gaia, as presented yesterday on the press conference of ESA in Spain, confirms not only the existence of the LMC as a spiral galaxy (and indeed much larger than we thought hitherto), but also the typical hierarchical structures of the two smaller members of the Cosmic Hierarchy - the Orion Complex (level 3, with its theoretical radius of 1118 lightyears) and the local group of stars containing our Sun (level 2, with its theoretical radius of 92 lightyears).
I have hoped exactly those confirming results already in January 2014, one month after the launch of the Gaia satellite, when I was writing in my online book "Our illusory physics":
"One further space observatory (Gaia galaxy-mapper) able to confirm the new arrangement in our Cosmic Hierarchy has been successfully launched on 19th December 2013. The Gaia mission has been developed to determine the position and velocity of a billion stars, creating the largest and most precise 3D map of the (traditionally assumed) Milky Way."
The other two presently running missions being able to confirm the new cosmic order is the "New Horizons" Mission (by NASA) and the APOGEE-2 Project (of the University of Virginia).
The already reached unification in physics challenges not only the established model of our cosmic environment but much more dogmas of our old paradigm in science. I think, it is time to change our paradigm just now.