Gemini Norte Bajo una Cinta Láctea

Esta extraordinaria fotografía muestra los domos de Gemini Norte (al frente) y del telescopio Canadá-Francia-Hawai'i en la penumbra antes del amanecer. La imagen, obtenida durante el "COLOSSOS Large and Long program" sobre el estudio de los colores de los objetos del Sistema Solar, muestra a la Vía Láctea arqueada por encima de los domos como un caballete cargado de nieve.

Gemini North Under a Milky Bow

This remarkable photograph shows the Gemini North and Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope domes in the pre-dawn twilight. The image, taken during the COLOSSOS Large and Long program program studying the colors of of Solar System objects, shows the Milky Way arching over the domes like a snow-laden trestle. The crescent Moon (the bright object at right) is being caressed by the delicate band of zodiacal light — a belt of dust in the plane of the inner Solar System illuminated by the Sun. 

A Graceful Spiral in a Blizzard of Galaxies

This stunning image shows the dynamic spiral galaxy IC 5332 in a field of view studded with smaller, more distant, galaxies. Popularly known as the Corsage Galaxy, IC 5332 displays beautifully symmetric spiral arms that unwind gracefully from a small and compact central bulge. 

Actually, IC 5332 features two main spiral arms that continually split into more feathery ones as they extend outwards. Pink “bubbles” of nebulous matter dot the arms. These are massive regions of glowing hydrogen gas and the sites of active star formation. 

Gemini South Laser Guide Stars

On January 22, 2011, a new era in high-resolution astronomy began with the successful propagation of a 5-star sodium laser guide star “constellation” in the skies over Cerro Pachón in Chile. The images here clearly show this monumental event and the five laser-produced stars shining in the sky (inset). 

Telescopio de Gemini Norte

El Telescopio Gemini Norte de 8 metros, Frederick C. Gillett, se encuentra cerca de la cumbre de Maunakea en Hawai'i - un volcán inactivo por largo tiempo-, ubicado a 4.214 metros de altura, en el aire seco y estable del Pacífico Norte. Gemini Norte fue diseñado y construido, en parte, para proporcionar la mejor calidad de imagen posible desde tierra para los telescopios de su tamaño. 

Gemini North Telescope

The 8-meter Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North telescope is located near the summit of Hawaii’s Maunakea — a long dormant volcano rising 4,205 meters into the dry, stable air of the North Pacific. Gemini North was designed and built, in part, to provide the best image quality possible from the ground for telescopes of its size.