Gemini News Archive

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.

Gemini Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea Reaches Several Milestones

Over the past two weeks, the Gemini North telescope near the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea has succeeded in accomplishing several key steps in the completion of this state-of-the-art 8-meter telescope facility.

Gemini's Public Information Officer Opens the Public Information and Outreach Office

"Gemini Observatory Update", to appear in Hilo's Tribune Herald , Friday August 7th, by Peter Michaud of the Gemini Public Information and Outreach Office.

8.1 Meter Gemini Observatory Mirror Delivered to Mauna Kea

 The largest single-piece telescope mirror ever to travel to Mauna Kea arrived safely at its final destination, 13,780 feet above sea level, on Sunday, June 28th.

First Gemini 8-meter Mirror is Best of Its Size

Polishing of the first 8.1-meter blank was successfully completed in early January by REOSC in France. The test results are outstanding and meet or exceed all Gemini specifications for optical performance.

Australia to Share in "Heavenly Twins"

The Australian Academy of Science today welcomed the announcement that Australia is to join the International Gemini Project.  Australia will contribute a 5% share through the Australian Research Council. 

Adrian Russell Appointed UK ATC Director

PPARC announced today that the first Director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh will be Dr Adrian Russell.

Acceptance Test Results from first Gemini M1 Mirror

REOSC Optique has just completed acceptance testing of the first Gemini primary mirror, with excellent results.

Chile Returns to the Partnership

Groundbreaking for Telescope Base Facility in Hilo

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gemini North Telescope Base Facility will take place on June 24, 1997 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo University Park.

Corning Ships Second Gemini Mirror Blank

On May 13, 1997, the GEMINI II telescope mirror blank, will leave Corning's Canton, N.Y. plant as it makes its way to the port of Ogdensburg for a transatlantic voyage to France for polishing.

Project Scientist Named for International Gemini Project

The Gemini 8-meter Telescopes Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fred Gillett as the Gemini Project Scientist.

Second Gemini Mirror Blank Fused

Fifty-five blocks of low-expansion ULE[tm] glass were successfully fused together at Corning's Canton, New York facility today to form the second Gemini primary mirror blank.

Corning Completes Gemini Large Telescope Mirror Blank

Corning Incorporated has completed the first of two 8.1-meter primary mirror blanks for the Gemini Project telescope. The mirror blanks are manufactured by fusing hexagonal pieces of ULE zero-expansion glass in a high-temperature furnace.

October Inauguration for Giant Gemini "Twin" Telescopes in Hawaii and Chile

Ground-breaking will take place October 6 for the northern telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, followed by an October 22 inauguration for construction of the southern telescope in Cerro Pachon, Chile.