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Imaging by Gemini North's Michelle mid-infrared imager/spectrograph has allowed an international team of researchers to isolate and characterize the dusty remains of the supernova remnant SN 2002hh some 20 million light-years away. Led by UK astronomer Michael Barlow (University College London), the team imaged SN 2002hh in the relatively nearby galaxy NGC 6946 to study the dust expelled (and/or created) during the supernova explosion.
Gemini Science Committee Chair
James Dunlop is professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, and Head of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.
For Embargoed Release at 11am EDT (16h UT) on Sunday, May 15th, 2005
Gemini North after sunset showing laser system. Large box at bottom of telescope is the laser housing which consists of a Class-10,000 clean room.