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Gemini Locations
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Gemini Locations

July 2, 2010
Gemini Locations This 3-D model shows the locations of the Gemini observatories on Earth and how they allow Gemini to see the entire sky. The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8-meter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best sites on our planet for observing the universe. Together, these telescopes can access the entire sky. The Gemini South telescope is located at almost 9,000 feet on a mountain in the Chilean Andes called Cerro Pachon. The Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope is located on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, as part of the international community of observatories that have been built to take advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions on this long dormant volcano that rises almost 14,000 feet into the dry, stable air of the Pacific. Gemini was built and is operated by a partnership of 7 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Any astronomer in each partner country can apply for time on Gemini with is allocated in accordance with the amount of financial support provided by each country. To learn more about Gemini, visit the observatory Web site. (Date of Image: 2000)