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Back on the Sky at Gemini South

The Gemini South telescope is back on the sky, after 18 days of hard work during the recent scheduled maintenance shutdown. During the shutdown, from October 13-30, the 8.1 meter primary mirror received a fresh multi-layer protected silvered coating – a key task for the shutdown. The Gemini primary mirrors (north and south) are unique among […]

Status of GS Telescope Following Chilean Earthquake

  On September 16th, 2015, La Serena was hit by a 8.3 earthquake (reported by USGS) at 19:54 local time, with the epicenter about 150km from La Serena. Fortunately, the Gemini staff at the summit and in La Serena are all fine. A first check of the telescope and installations were initiated after the quake […]

Solar Panel Installation Begins at Gemini North

Installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of the Gemini North building on Maunakea is now well underway. Gemini’s head mechanical engineer Chas Cavedoni is managing the project with assistance from Steve Hardash, Gemini’s head of engineering operations. Hardash reports that the panels are expected to generate about 10% of the power required […]

IAU2015 NSF Presentations from Gemini

At the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General assembly 2015, Gemini’s Markus Kissler-Patig, Nancy A. Levenson, and Scot J. Kleinman are presenting talks on the future of science, instrumentation, and operations at Gemini Observatory. These talks will center around scientific highlights, new operations approaches, and new instruments and initiatives. Markus Kissler-Patig is scheduled to speak on Thursday, […]

Brazilian Astronomer Visits Gemini to Explore the Mysteries of Galactic Compact Groups

Raquel Nascimento, a Ph.D student from Observatorio do Valongo at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is visiting Gemini South for 4 months (until the end of August 2015) to work with Gemini Associate Astronomer Rodrigo Carrasco. During this time Raquel and Rodrigo are studying the properties of the sub-groups identified in the infall […]

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