Gemini News Archive

Gemini Observations Play Key Role in Testing Einstein’s Theories

A research used the Gemini North telescope to observe two white dwarf stars in a close gravitational embrace. The observations help confirm another ramification of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which holds that the energy the pair loses in the shortened period is carried away in gravitational waves.

Astronomers Reassured by Record-breaking Star Formation in Huge Galaxy Cluster

The team, led by MIT's Michael McDonald, found evidence for extreme star formation, or a starburst, significantly more extensive than any seen before in the core of a giant galaxy cluster.

Markus Kissler-Patig Begins Tenure as Gemini Observatory's Director

Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig begins his tenure as the Gemini Observatory Director.

Petite AGNs Reveal New Secrets

High-resolution, mid-infrared observations at Gemini North and South have revealed a wide range of morphologies for low-luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGN).

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS: PLANET-FORMING DISK TURNS OFF LIGHTS, LOCKS DOORS ...

TYC 8241 2652, a young analog of our Sun, transformed completely: from displaying all of the characteristics of hosting a solar system in the making only a few years ago to showing little of the warm dusty material thought to originate from collisions of rocky planets.

Celestial Tapestry is Born of Uncertain Parentage

A new Legacy Image from the Gemini Observatory reveals the remarkable complexity of the planetary nebula Sharpless 2-71 (Sh 2-71).

Gemini Helps Dissect an X-ray Surprise in M83

Gemini/HST follow-up data revealed a black hole with an unexpectedly low-mass, highly evolved giant companion, whose atmosphere is intermittently streaming material into an accretion disk feeding the black hole.

MEETING CONVERGES ON GEMINI OBSERVATORY’S RECENT AND POTENTIAL SCIENTIFIC IMPACT

In mid-July 2012, astronomers from around the world will converge in San Francisco, California to discuss recent and future science from the Gemini Observatory.

Gemini Science Meeting 2012: Register Now to Have Your Say in Gemini’s Future…

The Gemini Science Meeting, a forum for users of the Gemini telescopes, is scheduled for July 17-20, 2012 in San Francisco California. 

Gemini Video Explains the Next Generation of Adaptive Optics

Learn how Gemini is leading the way in developing the next generation of adaptive optics to power the new Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System (GeMS).

AURA SELECTS KISSLER-PATIG AS NEW GEMINI OBSERVATORY DIRECTOR

Dr. William Smith, President of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA), announced today the selection of Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig as the new Director of the Gemini Observatory.

Gemini South Reveals First Nitrogen-Sequence Wolf-Rayet Nucleus of a Planetary Nebula

Astronomers using the Gemini South telescope have discovered the first clear-cut example of a windy helium and nitrogen rich central star of a planetary nebula.

Gemini Leads Hawai‘i Communities on 8th Annual Journey Through the Universe

The Hawai‘i Journey program, currently in its eighth year, engages the local community at all levels and has become Gemini North’s flagship local outreach program. 

Unique Kuiper Belt Binary Has Unscathed Orbit

Ongoing observations made with Gemini of an extremely red pair of such Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) in an orbiting binary system offer an indirect glimpse into the past. Astronomers obtained nearly monthly observations of the pair, named 2007 TY430, to yield precise measurements of their orbital motion. 

Announcing FLAMINGOS-2 Call for SV Proposals

FLAMINGOS-2 is undergoing commissioning on the Gemini South telescope. We now invite the Gemini community to propose System Verification (SV) science programs for the imaging and long-slit spectroscopy modes

Quenching Star Formation at z~1: Nature vs. Nurture

Results from the Gemini Cluster Astrophysics Spectroscopic Survey (GCLASS) reveal that galaxies at a redshift of about one have at least two reasons for the curtailment of star formation.

Revolutionary Instrument Propels Astronomical Imaging to New Extremes

Gemini’s next-generation adaptive optics system produces highest-resolution with largest field-of-view ever captured from the ground using laser guide star technology.

Gemini Gems Archive

To celebrate the publising of Gemini Observatory’s 1000th scientific paper, we highlight some of the top science results every week through the end of 2011.

Unveiling the Next Generation of Stars in M33

A team of researchers made deep, multi-band observations of NGC 604, a giant star forming region in M33 using the Near-infrared Imager and Spectrometer on Gemini North.

TWO RECORD-BREAKING BLACK HOLES FOUND HIDING NEARBY

Observations with the Gemini North telescope in Hawai‘i reveal evidence for what astronomers are calling the largest black holes ever measured in our nearby cosmological neighborhood.

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