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8.1-Meter Mirror Crosses Oceans to Reach Gemini Telescope

After traveling in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, through the Panama Canal and up a steep, narrow mountain road to a remote peak in Chile, one of the world's largest astronomical telescope mirrors arrived safely at the Gemini South Observatory on March 17th, 2000. The mirror, which can collect more light than two million human eyes, is the heart of the Gemini South Telescope on Cerro Pachón, a mountain in central Chile. The telescope will soon join its identical twin, on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, to provide extremely high-resolution images of the universe.

Globular Cluster NGC 6934

Gemini Observatory, US National Science Foundation, and University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy

These images are of the central region of NGC 6934, a globular cluster located 50,000 light years from Earth. Although this star cluster is very distant, it is still well within our Galaxy, the Milky Way.