Gemini News Archive

Are Short Gamma-ray Bursts Cosmic Tricksters?

Analysis of nine short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed with Gemini, Magellan, and the Hubble Space Telescope reveals that the progenitors of these GRBs may reside in faint host galaxies at redshifts of z = 1.1 and beyond.

Featherweight Celestial Pair Has Uncertain Future Together

Astronomers have serendipitously discovered a record-breaking pair of low-mass objects with an extreme orbital separation. The petite objects, each of which has a mass less than 100 times that of Jupiter, are separated by more than 5,000 times the distance between the Sun and Earth

The Delicate Trails of Star Birth

An image released today by the Gemini Observatory brings into focus a new and remarkably detailed view of supersonic "bullets" of gas and the wakes created as they pierce through clouds of molecular hydrogen in the Orion Nebula.

Giant Interstellar Jet Stream Revealed by TEXES

 The instrument TEXES on Gemini North mapped the star-forming region IRS2 located deep within the molecular cloud associated with the giant H II region W51.

Comet McNaught Captured from Cerro Pachon

Gemini South telescope on the night of January 18th captured this image of Comet McNaught in the twilight sky. Surprising even veteran comet researchers, McNaught has become the brightest comet visible in over 40 years.

Tightening the (Asteroid) Belt around Zeta Leporis

New mid-infrared images of the Zeta Leporis circumstellar disk obtained with T-ReCS on Gemini South have for the first time revealed what researchers are calling an "exo-asteroid belt" around another star.

Some Rare Abnormal Stars may have White Dwarf Parents to Blame

Astronomers have announced the discovery of huge quantities of an unusual variety of oxygen in two very rare types of stars, suggesting that the origin of these oddball stars may lie in the physics behind the mergers of white dwarf star pairs.

Small Warm Doughnut Feeds Theories of Extragalactic Black Holes

An international team of astronomers used a novel approach to peer deeply into the energetic core of the nearby galaxy Centaurus A and set stringent constraints on its size and characteristics, indicating that it is likely quite petite and clumpy.

Gemini Welcomes the New Year with "Wide Eyes"

The images were obtained as part of a program to capture a time-lapse sequence of the Gemini telescopes in operation during the course of one night.

Nature's Tiniest Stellar Twins

A team of US astronomers has just released the results of a search for low-mass brown dwarf or planetary companions around young early-type M dwarf stars within 20 parsecs of the Sun.

Near Infrared Spectra Constrain an Extraordinary Pair of Cosmic Dwarves

An extremely rare stellar system composed of a white dwarf and brown dwarf pair, WD 0137-349 is the only known close, detached binary system with a white dwarf and a confirmed substellar companion.

Gemini North Recovers from Earthquake

Distant carbon atoms betray very early enrichment in the young universe

Robert A. Simcoe of the MIT has found new evidence of intensive heavy-element enrichment in intergalactic gas, occurring less than 1 billion years (Gyr) after the Big Bang, with the help of GNIRS at Gemini South.

Resolving the Hearts of Luminous Infrared Galaxies

An international team of researchers used Gemini mid-infrared images to investigate a sample of nearby Luminous InfraRed Galaxies (LIRGs).

Hawai'i Earthquake Update for Gemini North

Hidden Mass Concentration Near the Center of Starbursting Galaxy M83

Using CIRPASS at Gemini South, Ruben Diaz and an international team of astronomers have discovered a previously unknown hidden mass concentration that looks like a second nucleus in the starburst galaxy M83.

Understanding The Nature of a Distant Short GRB

Alicia M. Soderberg (CALTECH) and her collaborators have studied the GRB 051221a and its afterglow in great detail using several datasets provided by space observations, radio observations with the VLA and optical observations with Gemini.

Stellar birth control at high redshift

An international team has found that 45% of a small sample (20) of massive high-redshift galaxies exhibit very low or no star formation activity.

Dissecting the Universe's Great Power Stations

Hai Fu and Alan Stockton of the Institute for Astronomy (University of Hawai'i) recently constructed velocity maps of the gas in the EELR around the quasar (which is at a redshift of z=0.31) using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on Gemini North. 

Does IRS-8 contain the youngest and most massive star in the Galactic Center?

A team of astronomers has proven that the star at the core of a spectacular cosmic bow shock near the Galactic Center is indeed an evolved massive star.