Gemini News Archive

The Gemini Deep Deep Survey Opens a New Window Into the Distant Universe of Galaxy Assembly

Using Nod & Shuffle mode on GMOS-N, ultra-deep spectra of several hundred distant, elusive galaxies were captured, which helps to paint a new picture of the nature and evolution of galaxies some 7 - 10 billion years ago.

Waltzing Irregular Satellites Around Jupiter and Saturn

Gemini North Near Infrared Imager (NIRI) observations have confirmed that many of the "irregular" satellites around Jupiter and Saturn share a common ancestry.

Gemini-South's Near-Infrared Spectrograph Gets 3-D vision

Designed and built by the University of Durham (UK), the new GNIRS Integral Field Unit (IFU) arrived on Cerro Pachón (Gemini South) in February in a deceptively small package. 

Orphan HII Regions Near Stephan's Quintet

A team of Brazilian and French astronomers has discovered four surprisingly metal-rich HII regions and associated clusters of hot young stars in an otherwise empty region of intergalactic space near the galaxy group called Stephan's Quintet.

Celestial Beacon Sheds New Light on Stellar Nursery

A timely discovery by American amateur astronomer Jay McNeil, followed immediately by observations at the Gemini Observatory, has provided a rare glimpse into the slow, yet violent birth of a star about 1,500 light-years away.

Gemini Probes Galaxy Evolution a Billion Years After the Big Bang

The GLARE (Gemini Lyman Alpha at Reionisation Era) team, using Gemini to study the early universe, has just discovered a surprisingly large number (three) very high redshift galaxies ( z = 5.83, 5.79 and 5.94) in a same region of the southern GOODS field. 

Gemini Probes Red Stars in M82 Using Adaptive Optics

A Canadian/Gemini team used the ALTAIR adaptive optics system with the Near Infrared Imager (NIRI) on the Gemini North Telescope to probe the red stellar content in the starburst galaxy M-82.

Massive Old Star Reveals Secrets On Deathbed

Astronomers have obtained the most detailed observations ever of an old but otherwise normal massive star just before and after its life ended in a spectacular supernova explosion.

Gemini South/PHOENIX Strikes Again

Verne Smith of the University of Texas El Paso led an international team of astronomers to a detailed study of the physical properties of the recently discovered nearby brown dwarf companion to Epsilon Indi,

The Gemini Science Archive Prototype: Released !!

The prototype of the Gemini Science Archive (GSAp) was recently released to the astronomical community and the general public.

Gemini's First Look at the Interstellar Medium in the "Redshift Desert"

The Gemini Deep Deep Survey (GDDS) determined the heavy element enrichment of the interstellar medium (ISM) in the redshift desert using a sub-sample of 13 galaxies with high star formation activity.

Chilean StarTeachers Bring The Universe Into Hawai`i Classrooms

The Gabriela Mistral Medal for excellence in education has been awarded outside of Chile for the first time to Gemini Observatory in celebration of its outstanding efforts in international astronomy education through the StarTeachers exchange program.

Gemini South's Secondary Mirror Sports Shiny Silver Coat

The Gemini Observatory recently successful coated the secondary mirror on Gemini South with silver. 

Gemini South + FLAMINGOS Find Distant Quasar SDSS J0836+0054 to be Surprisingly Red and Dusty

A team of astronomers used the visiting instrument FLAMINGOS, a multi-object near infrared spectrograph at Gemini South, to study the high redshift quasar SDSS J083643.85+005453.3 (SDSS J0836+0054).

Galaxies Under the Cosmic Microscope: a GMOS-North Study of the Lensed Galaxy #289 in A 2218

An international team used GMOS-IFU on Gemini North to exploit the rich galaxy cluster A 2218.  They used A 2218 as a magnifying glass to observe distant background galaxies at a comparable level of detail to galaxies at redshift z ~ 0.1. 

PHOENIX on Gemini South Reveals Clues about the Origin of Fluorine

PHOENIX was used to sample multiple stellar atmospheres and has revealed tantalizing clues that neutrino interaction during the supernovae explosion of massive stars is involved in the genesis of fluorine. 

Near-Infrared Images Reveal Structure in Jupiter's Cloudy Atmosphere

High spatial resolution NIRI images taken in the 1.69-micron methane absorption band expose the detailed structure and varying chemistry of the clouds high in the Jovian atmosphere.

MICHELLE Peers at the Dust and Gas of the Planetary Nebula NGC 7027

As a part of commissioning and engineering runs at the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope in June and July 2003, the mid-infrared imager and spectrograph MICHELLE was used to image the young planetary nebula NGC 7027.

Looking Sharp: Images from New Gemini Spectrograph Rival View from Space

Among the images and spectra acquired during recent commissioning of the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) on the Gemini South Telescope, one image is particularly compelling - the Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG87).