Bring One Get One at Gemini South

As a participant in the “Bring One, Get One” Student Support Program, Dylan Angell, a first year PhD student at the University of Virginia (US), is currently participating in observations at the Gemini South telescope. Dylan’s main research interest is in Galactic structures, and his primary goal is to train at one of the world’s leading […]

Good data from the last GeMS Run

Successful Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics Run at Gemini South The Gemini Multi-conjugate adaptive optics System (GeMS) at Gemini South has completed a successful run of 9 nights, with several programs executed and two completed. According to the AO science fellow Vincent Garrel the performance of the system was, “among the best performances we’ve ever achieved.” Rodrigo […]

Exhibit by Artist in Residence, Colleen McLaughlin Barlow at Gemini South

Recently, artwork by Gemini South’s Artist in Residence Colleen McLaughlin Barlow, in conjunction with pieces by Gemini South staff, were displayed in an exciting  (and limited) display for observatory staff in Chile. Photo portraits of staff, paintings, imprints, and murals were just some of the pieces on display. For most of November the Canadian artist […]

TBAD is installed at both Gemini Telescopes

The Transponder-Based Aircraft Detector (TBAD) is now successfully installed at both Gemini telescopes. The system is currently being integrated into the Laser Guide Star (LGS) systems at each telescope. The purpose of this system is to protect aircraft from accidental illumination during laser guide star adaptive optics operation. To learn more about TBAD at Gemini see […]

GS SHUTDOWN (a Gemini South Planned Shutdown Video)

This tongue-in-cheek “movie trailer,” produced by PIO staffer Manuel Paredes’ during his free “creative” time, features staff involved in the Gemini South scheduled shutdown activities which are ongoing until August 22, 2014. Some primary goals include work on secondary mirror electronics; maintenance of the Acquisition and Guiding unit; and the replacement of helium supply lines […]