Gemini Observatory

Super-sensitive Camera Captures a Direct Image of an Exoplanet

by Jason Major January 7, 2014

The world’s newest and most powerful exoplanet imaging instrument, the recently-installed Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) on the 8-meter Gemini South telescope, has captured its first-light infrared image of an exoplanet: Beta Pictoris b, which orbits the star Beta Pictoris, the second-brightest star in the southern constellation Pictor. The planet is pretty obvious in the image […]

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‘The New Cool': How These Sharp Space Pictures Were Snapped From A Ground Telescope

by Elizabeth Howell July 3, 2013

Rise above Earth with a telescope, and one huge obstacle to astronomy is removed: the atmosphere. We love breathing that oxygen-nitrogen mix, but it’s sure not fun to peer through it. Ground-based telescopes have to deal with air turbulence and other side effects of the air we need to breathe. Enter adaptive optics — laser-based […]

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New Images of Comet ISON Hurtling Towards the Sun

by Nancy Atkinson May 30, 2013

As Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) heads closer to Earth, we’re getting a better view of what has been billed by some as the “Comet of the Century.” Astronomers say these new photos from the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i provide hints of how well this comet might survive one of the closest comet […]

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The Orion Nebula as You’ve Never Seen it Before: Jaw-dropping New Image from Gemini

by Nancy Atkinson January 9, 2013

This is the part of the Orion nebula. Recognize it? You may not, as this stunning new image comes from the Gemini Observatory’s recently-commissioned advanced adaptive optics (AO) system named GeMS. It shows clumps of gas ejected from deep within the Orion Nebula which are nicknamed ‘Orion Bullets.’ Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Galactic Struggle Captured by Gemini Observatory

by John Williams October 19, 2012

The Gemini Multi-Object Spectroraph on the Fredrick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii captured this beautiful image of the ring galaxy NGC 660. The galaxy lies about 40 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation Pisces the Fishes. The field of view of the zoomed out image is 9.3×5.6 arcminutes. North […]

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