WISE 0855

Artist's conception of how WISE 0855 might appear if viewed close-up in infrared light. Artwork by Joy Pollard, Gemini Observatory/AURA.

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Cada Fotografía Cuenta una Historia

Este montaje es un tributo a un instrumento excepcional de Gemini Sur conocido como GeMS (el sistema de óptica Adaptativa Multi-Conjugado de Gemini). Cuando es usado en conjunto con GSAOI (Capturador de Imágenes de Óptica Adaptativa de Gemini Sur), GeMS puede incrementar la eficiencia del espejo de 8 metros de Gemini, permitiendo enfocar la luz con mayor precisión, y explorar el Universo en profundidad para obtener detalles estructurales nunca antes vistos. 

"Child" of Another Star

This dual portrait shows the discovery image of exoplanet 51 Eridani b (51 Eri b; labelled “b” in the top image) and an artist’s visualization of the exoplanet in nearinfrared light, which shows hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds.

Quasar ULAS

Artist's conception of how the quasar would appear close up. The very hot extremely luminous quasar at the center of the image is very bright at ultraviolet wavelengths, and light from the quasar ionizes the surrounding gas, producing the red color that is characteristic of ionized hydrogen. Faint compact galaxies that have just been born appear in the background. The galaxies' hot stars also ionize their surroundings, but only in the immediate vicinity as they are far less luminous than the quasar which can ionize over a much larger volume.

Mrk 231 Black Hole

Artist’s conceptualization of the environment around the supermassive black hole at the center of Mrk 231. The broad outflow seen in the Gemini data is shown as the fan-shaped wedge at the top of the accretion disk around the black hole. This side-view is not what is seen from the Earth where we see it ‘looking down the throat’ of the outflow. A similar outflow is probably present under the disk as well and is hinted at in this illustration. The total amount of material entrained in the broad flow is at least 400 times the mass of the Sun per year.

M87 Black Hole

Artist's concept of what a future telescope might see in looking at the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. Clumpy gas swirls around the black hole in an accretion disk, feeding the central beast. The black area at center is the black hole itself, defined by the event horizon, beyond which nothing can escape. The bright blue jet shooting from the region of the black hole is created by gas that never made it into the hole itself but was instead funneled into a very energetic jet.

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Binary System

Artist's conception of the binary system 2M J044144 showing the primary ~ 20 Jupiter mass brown dwarf (left) and the 5 - 10 Jupiter mass companion (right). The disk of the primary likely never had enough material to make a companion of this mass. As a result, this small companion probably formed like a binary star. In this illustration, both objects are presented at the same distance to show relative sizes. Not shown are two other nearby objects, a low-mass star and a brown dwarf that are probably both parts of this system.

HD 131488 Collision

Artist's rendering of what HD 131488's inner planetary system might look like as two large rocky bodies collide. HD 131488 is located in the direction of the constellation Centaurus and is three times more massive and 33 times more luminous than our own Sun Using the Gemini South telescope in Chile, astronomers at UCLA have found dusty evidence for the formation of young, rocky planets around a star some 500 light years distant.