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Adaptive Optics Details New Space Images From Gemini Observatory
2013-07-03 11:05:47

Scientists at the Gemini South observatory in Chile have just released the first new images of space created with their state-of-the-art adaptive optics system, called GeMS.

Time exposure of SOAR telescope observing at Cerro Pachon in Chile
2013-05-02 04:41:36

One challenge of ground-based optical astronomy is that photons in this regime, and nearby infrared and ultraviolet bands, get refracted in our atmosphere. The consequence is that imaging of astronomical objects can be blurred, making it difficult to identify and characterize individual objects.

Gemini Observatory Has New Instrument To Study Universe With Such Clarity, Detail
2013-01-10 12:45:37

Researchers at the Gemini Observatory in Chile are touting a new instrument that they claim will allow astronomers to “study the universe with an unprecedented level of clarity and detail.”

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2007-06-13 09:40:00

An artificial, laser-fed star now shines regularly over the sky of Paranal, home of ESO's Very Large Telescope, one of the world's most advanced large ground-based telescopes.

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2006-02-24 09:07:13

Scientists celebrate another major milestone at Cerro Paranal in Chile, home of ESO's Very Large Telescope array. Thanks to their dedicated efforts, they were able to create the first artificial star in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing astronomers to study the Universe in the finest detail.


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Adaptive Optics -- Adaptive optics is a technology to improve the performance of Earth-based telescopes, reversing the effect of atmospheric distortions. When light from a star or another astronomical object enters the Earth's atmosphere, the different temperature layers and different wind speeds distort and move the image in various ways (see seeing for a proper discussion). The net result is that an 8 meters or 10 meters telescope (like the VLT or Keck), while theoretically capable...

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