Gemini News Archive

Gemini South/Chile Earthquake Update

The staff of Gemini Observatory extends its deepest sympathies to the families of those who suffered losses or are displaced due to the major magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck southern Chile early Saturday morning, February 27, 2010.

The Many Colors of Star Birth

A dramatic new image from the Gemini North telescope illustrates the dynamic and sometimes violent process of star birth. It also demonstrates the capabilities of new filters available to researchers using the GMOS.

Heavyweights vs. Lightweights: Are the Largest Stars Born Like our Sun?

Observations at the Gemini Observatory provide convincing new evidence that stellar heavyweights may be born in much the same manner as lightweights like our Sun.


Using the Gemini South telescope in Chile, astronomers at UCLA have found dusty evidence for the formation of young, rocky planets around a star some 500 light years distant. 

Gemini Highlights from the 215th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington DC, January 3-7, 2010.

Gemini science highlights from the 215th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington DC.

Revealing the Explosive Heart of Eta Carinae

Using adaptive optics to remove atmospheric blurring, Gemini Observatory released an image showing previously hidden forensic secrets at the ballistic core of the Homunculus Nebula.

December 2009 Issue of GeminiFocus Available

Gemini encourages readers to access the publication electronically as part of Gemini's initiative to find new ways to operate "Greener." 

The Early Life of a Galaxy

>New results from Gemini NIFS observations show the early life of a distant galaxy, building its first generation of stars.

Using Open-Loop Adaptive Optics to Measure Black Hole Masses

An international team has used the adaptive optics facility ALTAIR with NIFS on the Gemini North Telescope to measure black hole masses in two normal galaxies

Exploring M82's Inner Wind and Disk

The well-known starburst galaxy M82 is a popular target for telescopes of all sizes, and now an international team used GMOS on the Gemini North telescope to help understand the complex dynamics of its galactic wind.

Australian Student’s Image Revealed

Australian high school student Daniel Tran won the Australian Gemini Partner Office imaging contest with the image of NGC 6751.

FLAMINGOS-2 Achieves First Light Milestone

As part of on-going acceptance testing, FLAMINGOS-2 (Florida Multi-object Infrared Grism Observing Spectrograph) obtained first light images on the Gemini South telescope.

Gemini Reaches Out to Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

We found ourselves in the Mataveri airport, the most isolated in the world, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,700 kilometers from continental Chile and nearly equally distant from Gemini North and Gemini South telescopes.


While far from a tropical rain forest, the equatorial region of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has recently displayed tantalizing evidence that the parched, dry, ultra-frigid desert can support large-scale storms.


Looking almost 11 billion years into the past, astronomers have measured the motions of stars for the first time in a very distant galaxy.

Surprise Collision on Jupiter Captured by Gemini Telescope

Jupiter is sporting a glowing bruise after getting unexpectedly whacked by a small solar system object, according to astronomers using the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai`i

Orderly Star Cluster Formation in Chaotic Galaxy Merger

An international team of astronomers used GMOS on the Gemini North telescope to observe 16 massive star clusters in the nearest pair of merging galaxies,

Adaptive Optics Reveals Strange Dynamics in Ultra-Compact Star-forming Region

Using the Altair adaptive optics system with NIFS on Gemini North, a US/Australian team have obtained unprecedented high-spatial resolution integral field spectra of the Ultra-Compact H II Region K3-50A.

Gemini User Survey 2008

Gemini conducted its first user survey at the end of 2008. Principal Investigators (PIs) for all programs from semesters 2006A – 2007B were asked a series of questions as users of one, or both, Gemini telescopes.

Dating young star clusters in starburst galaxy M82

The astronomers assembled key data for the largest sample of young extragalactic star clusters to date.