Gemini News Archive

High-Tech Horse Sense

Technicians use common horse soap to clean the 8-meter (26-foot) mirror of Gemini North Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Viewing the June 10th Partial Eclipse

On June 10, Big Island residents had the opportunity to safely view a partial solar eclipse where the Moon covered about half the Sun's surface.

Closest Brown Dwarf Companion Ever Spotted Around a Star Provokes New Perspective

Astronomers using adaptive optics technology on the Gemini North Telescope have observed a brown dwarf orbiting a low-mass star at a distance comparable to just three times the distance between the Earth and Sun. 

Einstein (Relatively Speaking) Drops In On Hawaii!

Arden Bercovitz, Ph.D., is a scientist portraying a scientist, creativity coach and keynote speaker recognized by the National Speakers Association. Dr. Bercovitz has performed as Einstein for over 10 years and his acclaimed characterization of the famous scientist has received praise from students, the media and scientists alike.

Gemini Observatory Captures Multi-Dimensional Movie of Active Galaxy's Core

Using the recently commissioned IFU on GMOS, astronomers have recently obtained a complete multi-dimensional picture of the dynamic flow of gas and stars at the core of an active galaxy named NGC 1068 in a single snap-shot.

Massive Star Pair Raises Dust While Doing the Tango

A team using the Gemini Observatory has released tantalizing evidence that tiny dust particles ejected by hot, massive stars, may survive long enough to reach the interstellar medium, which might have provided some of the materials necessary for the early formation of planetary systems in the young Universe.

Phoenix: Spectra from the commissioning and Demonstration Science run

Phoenix underwent commissioning on Gemini South in December 2001. The first science observing programs were performed in early February 2002

Gemini Observatory Celebrates Historic First for Observational Astronomy

Gemini South, the second of the Gemini telescopes to look skyward, was dedicated on its perch on Cerro Pachón in the Chilean Andes.

Brown Dwarf Found Around Nearby, Sun-Like Star

Astronomers using adaptive optics on the Gemini North and Keck telescopes have taken an image of a brown dwarf orbiting a nearby star similar to the Sun.

Astronomers Discover Edge-On Protoplanetary Disk in Quadruple Star System

Astronomers using the recently commissioned Gemini North telescope have discovered a protoplanetary disk orbiting one of the stars in a newborn quadruple star system. 

Media Invited to Gemini South Dedication January 18, 2002, La Serena and Cerro Pachón, Chile

On January 18, 2002, the Gemini Observatory will celebrate a significant milestone with the dedication of the Gemini South telescope facility at the summit of Cerro Pachón, Chile. 

Gemini Observation Deepens Mystery of Local Active Galaxy

In the deepest ground-based mid-infrared image ever, the Gemini North Telescope reveals that the mysterious environment around one of the most massive black holes in the Universe is missing a key feature predicted by astronomical theory.

Gemini Observatory Captures "Perfection" With Early Image From New High-Tech Instrument

GMOS image of the large galaxy in Pisces called NGC 628 (or Messier 74), the "Perfect Spiral Galaxy," is released.

Gemini Spies Strong Stellar Gusts in Nearby Massive Star

The infrared image, taken by the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, reveals remarkable details in a nebula of gas and dust expelled from a young star named AFGL 2591.

Gemini Cuts Deep Into Galactic Core with Release of First Data

The first scientific observations from the Gemini North telescope provide a dramatic glimpse into the elusive core of the Milky Way, including an intriguing bow-shock from a star as it plows into a poorly understood gas cloud a mere 3 light-years from the galactic center.

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, the mirror arrived safely at the Gemini South Observatory on March 17th, 2000. 

New Telescope Gives Astronomers a Clearer Vision of the Universe

At the dedication ceremony on Mauna Kea today, astronomers revealed some of the sharpest infrared images ever obtained by a ground-based telescope. 

Globular Cluster NGC 6934

The adaptive optics images of NGC 6934 taken by Hokupa'a on Gemini Observatory telescope on Mauna Kea.

Gemini Observatory Receives Funding to Take Mauna Kea Internet Access to New Heights

The Gemini Observatory has received NSF funding to support a significant expansion of the internet connection speed between its Mauna Kea observatory, its Hilo headquarters in University Park, and the rest of the world.

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