Gemini North "Cloaked" Dome
Credit: Gemini Observatory
This “invisible dome” image of the Gemini North telescope was made by digitally “stacking” images of the open Gemini dome as it rotated. Approximately 40 individual 5-second exposures were stacked to produce the transparent dome effect, and one additional one-minute exposure was obtained of the sky after the dome rotation.
The Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope is located on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea as part of the international community of
observatories built to take advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions on this long dormant volcano that rises 4,214 meters into the dry, stable air of the Pacific. The Gemini Observatory’s international headquarters is located in Hilo, Hawai‘i at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s University Park.
Both of the Gemini telescopes are designed to excel in a wide variety of optical and infrared capabilities. By incorporating technologies such as laser guide star adaptive optics and multi-object spectroscopy, astronomers in the Gemini partnership are exploring the universe in unprecedented depth and detail.
Gemini is operated by an international partnership that includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Any astronomer in each partner country can apply for time on Gemini with is allocated in accordance with
the amount of financial support provided by each country.
The Gemini telescopes are integrated with the latest networking technologies to allow remote operations from control rooms at the base facilities in Hilo and La Serena Chile. With the flexibility of “Queue Scheduling” and remote participation, researchers anywhere in the Gemini partnership will be assured the best possible match between observations, instruments and observing conditions.
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