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Despite a challenging global economic climate, and often drastic funding cuts in government-funded science and technology research, a recent milestone for the Gemini Observatory sees the observatory moving forward until the end of this decade with its strong international partnership intact. However, a potential challenge lies ahead with funding uncertainty in Australia after 2015 says Gemini’s newly appointed Director Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig.
Report from the October 2012 STAC meeting (PDF) is available here.
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National Gemini Offices
Gemini was built and is operated by a partnership of 6 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Any astronomer in each partner country can apply for time on Gemini which is allocated in accordance with the amount of financial support provided by each country.
Contact information for the Gemini Scientists and Managers in each of the participating countries:
Dr. Sergio A. Cellone
Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofisicas
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Instituto de Astrofísica La Plata (CONICET-UNLP)
Paseo del Bosque - B1900FWA - La Plata - Buenos Aires Argentina
Tel: +54-221-4236593 (ext: 157-39)
The Brazilian Gemini Office
Dr. Marília Jobim Sartori
Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica
Rua Estados Unidos, 154
37504-364 Itajubá - MG
Phone: (+55)-35-3629-8141 (direct)
Phone: (+55)-35-3629-8110 (LNA general)
The Chilean Gemini Office
Prof. Edgardo Costa
The Chilean National Gemini Office
Programa de Astronomía
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica de Chile
Bernarda Morin 551, Providencia, Santiago
The following table provides estimated broadband magnitudes reached at 5 sigma (per spectral pixel) in 1 hour of integration, both without and with adaptive optics (AO). (This page gives information on sensitivity in imaging mode.) The values in the XJHK bands are at wavelengths that do not coincide with OH sky lines; at the wavelengths of OH lines the S/N will be lower, in many cases substantially so. The XJHK values assume twelve exposures of 300 seconds (5 minutes) each and ABBA nodding along the slit.