Latest Gemini Observatory Stories

Dark Energy Camera Dedication Amping Up Next Week
2012-11-02 12:51:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Today marks the 50th anniversary celebration of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), while next week is the dedication of a new instrument for the observatory. The Dark Energy Camera was installed on the Victor M. Blanco telescope at CTIO, and it will be conducting powerful surveys by collecting light from 100,000 galaxies located up to 8 billion light years away. The camera has 62 charged-coupled devices with an...

Gemini Observatory Takes Sharpest Ground-Based Images Ever Of Pluto And Charon
2012-09-27 06:55:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pluto, the dwarf planet (ex-number-nine), and its larger companion Charon, recently posed for astronomers. Using the high-resolution Gemini North 8-meter telescope along with reconstructive speckle imaging, astronomers were able to capture the twin extrasolar planetary system, providing the sharpest ground-based images of the deep-space dwellers. The images prove that ground-based speckle imaging is a powerful tool for exoplanet...

2011-03-03 05:00:00

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gemini Mobile Technologies ("Gemini") released a Real-Time Log Processing System based on Flume and Cassandra ("Flume-Cassandra Log Processor") as open source today. The Flume-Cassandra Log Processor enables massive volumes of production system logs to be collected and processed into graphical reports, in real-time. In addition, logs from multiple data centers can be simultaneously aggregated and analyzed in a single database. With its...

2011-02-25 11:55:00

When two galaxies merge to form a giant, the central supermassive black hole in the new galaxy develops an insatiable appetite. However, this ferocious appetite is unsustainable. For the first time, observations with the Gemini Observatory clearly reveal an extreme, large-scale galactic outflow that brings the cosmic dinner to a halt. The outflow is effectively blowing the galaxy apart in a negative feedback loop, depriving the galaxy's monstrous black hole of the gas and dust it needs to...

2010-06-29 09:59:28

Researchers confirm imaged planet orbits around sun-like star in the Astrophysical Journal A planet about eight times the mass of Jupiter has been confirmed to orbit a Sun-like star that's some 300 times farther from its own star than Earth is from its sun. The newly confirmed planet is the least massive planet known to orbit at such a great distance from its host star. The discovery, first reported in September 2008, was made using high-resolution adaptive optics technology at the Gemini...

2010-04-06 09:15:00

As our telescopes grow more powerful, astronomers are uncovering objects that defy conventional wisdom. The latest example is the discovery of a planet-like object circling a brown dwarf. It's the right size for a planet, estimated to be 5-10 times the mass of Jupiter. But the object formed in less than 1 million years "” the approximate age of the brown dwarf "” and much faster than the predicted time it takes to build planets according to some theories. Kamen Todorov of Penn...

2009-09-15 14:19:11

Less than two months after they inaugurated the world's largest telescope, University of Florida astronomers have used one of the world's most advanced telescopic instruments to gather images of the heavens. A team led by astronomy professor Stephen Eikenberry late last week captured the first images of the cosmos ever made with a UF-designed and built camera/spectrometer affixed to the Gemini South telescope in Chile. The handful of "first light" images include a yellow and blue orb-like...

2009-08-12 14:20:00

Ground-based telescope captures first visual images of storm clouds over the tropics of Saturn's largest moon Taking advantage of advanced techniques to correct distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere, astronomers used the NSF-supported Gemini Observatory to capture the first images of clouds over the tropics of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The images clarify a long-standing mystery linking Titan's weather and surface features, helping astronomers better understand the moon of Saturn,...

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