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Gemini South Reveals Origin of Unexpected Differences in Giant Binary Stars

Gemini South Reveals Origin of Unexpected Differences in Giant Binary Stars

April 29, 2024

Using the Gemini South telescope a team of astronomers have confirmed for the first time that differences in binary stars’...

Astronomers Measure Heaviest Black Hole Pair Ever Found

Astronomers Measure Heaviest Black Hole Pair Ever Found

February 29, 2024

Using archival data from the Gemini North telescope, a team of astronomers have measured the heaviest pair of supermassive black...

Journey Through the Universe Celebrates 20 Years of Exploration on Hawai‘i Island

Journey Through the Universe Celebrates 20 Years of Exploration on Hawai‘i Island

January 29, 2024

Journey Through the Universe — a partnership between the International Gemini Observatory, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, and the Hawaiʻi Department...

Gemini South Captures Twisted Dusty Disk of NGC 4753, Showcasing the Aftermath of Past Merger

Gemini South Captures Twisted Dusty Disk of NGC 4753, Showcasing the Aftermath of Past Merger

January 25, 2024

The lenticular galaxy NGC 4753, captured by the Gemini South telescope, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by...

Big Astronomy Planetarium Show Now Available for Free Download

Big Astronomy Planetarium Show Now Available for Free Download

December 14, 2023

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries is an award-winning bilingual planetarium show that takes viewers beyond the dome to behind the...

NSF’s NOIRLab On Track to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Half

NSF’s NOIRLab On Track to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Half

November 27, 2023

Through its Environmental Sustainability Program, NSF's NOIRLab will reduce its entire annual carbon footprint by 50% by the end of...

Gemini North Peers Deeper Into the Dust with New Instrument

Gemini North Peers Deeper Into the Dust with New Instrument

November 13, 2023

Gemini North, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, is now peering deeper into the dusty...

Gemini North Reveals the Formation of Dense Dwarf Galaxy ‘Fossils’

Gemini North Reveals the Formation of Dense Dwarf Galaxy ‘Fossils’

November 8, 2023

Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, have captured the...

Gemini South Captures Cosmic ‘Cotton Candy’

Gemini South Captures Cosmic ‘Cotton Candy’

October 25, 2023

Gemini South, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, captures the billion-year-old aftermath of a spiral...

Gemini South Captures Cosmic ‘Finch’

Gemini South Captures Cosmic ‘Finch’

October 5, 2023

Using data from Gemini South and other observatories, astronomers have found a new Luminous Fast Blue Optical Transient (LFBOT), a...

Rare, Double-Lobe Nebula Resembles Overflowing Cosmic ‘Jug’

Rare, Double-Lobe Nebula Resembles Overflowing Cosmic ‘Jug’

July 13, 2023

A billowing pair of nearly symmetrical loops of dust and gas mark the death throes of an ancient red-giant star,...

Never-Before-Seen Way to Annihilate a Star

Never-Before-Seen Way to Annihilate a Star

June 22, 2023

Astronomers studying a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) with the Gemini South telescope, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, may have detected a...

Gemini North Detects Multiple Rock-Forming Elements in the Atmosphere of a Scorching Exoplanet

Gemini North Detects Multiple Rock-Forming Elements in the Atmosphere of a Scorching Exoplanet

June 14, 2023

Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, have detected multiple...

International One Sky Project Highlights Importance and History of Indigenous Astronomy Through Film

International One Sky Project Highlights Importance and History of Indigenous Astronomy Through Film

June 9, 2023

The One Sky Project, led by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope, has produced a...

Gemini North Back On Sky With Dazzling Image of Supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy

Gemini North Back On Sky With Dazzling Image of Supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy

June 7, 2023

Gemini North, part of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, is back observing the night sky following the...

Astronomers Witness Star Devouring Planet: Possible Preview of the Ultimate Fate of Earth

Astronomers Witness Star Devouring Planet: Possible Preview of the Ultimate Fate of Earth

May 3, 2023

Astronomers using the Gemini South telescope in Chile, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, have observed the first evidence of a dying...

Dual Quasars Blaze Bright at the Center of Merging Galaxies

Dual Quasars Blaze Bright at the Center of Merging Galaxies

April 5, 2023

Astronomers using an array of ground- and space-based telescopes, including Gemini North on Hawai‘i, have uncovered a closely bound duo...

‘Taffy Galaxies’ Collide, Leave Behind Bridge of Star-Forming Material

‘Taffy Galaxies’ Collide, Leave Behind Bridge of Star-Forming Material

March 29, 2023

The Gemini North telescope, one half of the International Gemini Observatory, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, captured this dazzling image of...

Journey Through the Universe Returns to Hilo Classes

Journey Through the Universe Returns to Hilo Classes

February 16, 2023

Journey Through the Universe — a partnership among NSF’s NOIRLab/Gemini, the Hawaiʻi Department of Education Hilo-Waiākea Complex Area, and the...

Stars Disappear Before Our Eyes, Citizen Scientists Report

Stars Disappear Before Our Eyes, Citizen Scientists Report

January 19, 2023

A startling analysis from Globe at Night — a citizen science program run by NSF’s NOIRLab — concludes that stars...

Kilonova Discovery Challenges our Understanding of Gamma-Ray Bursts

Kilonova Discovery Challenges our Understanding of Gamma-Ray Bursts

December 7, 2022

While studying the aftermath of a long gamma-ray burst (GRB), two independent teams of astronomers using a host of telescopes...

Astronomers Discover Closest Black Hole to Earth

Astronomers Discover Closest Black Hole to Earth

November 3, 2022

Astronomers using the International Gemini Observatory, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, have discovered the closest-known black hole to Earth. This is...

Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Burst Possibly Most Powerful Explosion Ever Recorded

Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Burst Possibly Most Powerful Explosion Ever Recorded

October 14, 2022

In the early-morning hours of today, 14 October 2022, astronomers using the Gemini South telescope in Chile operated by NSF’s...

Potential First Traces of the Universe’s Earliest Stars

Potential First Traces of the Universe’s Earliest Stars

September 28, 2022

Astronomers may have discovered the ancient chemical remains of the first stars to light up the Universe. Using an innovative...

Sharpest Image Ever of Universe’s Most Massive Known Star

Sharpest Image Ever of Universe’s Most Massive Known Star

August 18, 2022

By harnessing the capabilities of the 8.1-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile, which is part of the International Gemini Observatory...

Colliding Galaxies Dazzle in Gemini North Image

Colliding Galaxies Dazzle in Gemini North Image

August 9, 2022

An evocative new image captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawai‘i reveals a pair of interacting spiral galaxies —...

Gemini Telescopes Help Uncover Origins of Castaway Gamma-Ray Bursts

Gemini Telescopes Help Uncover Origins of Castaway Gamma-Ray Bursts

July 26, 2022

A number of mysterious gamma-ray bursts appear as lonely flashes of intense energy far from any obvious galactic home, raising...

Gemini’s GHOST Captures Exquisite First Light Observations of a Bright, Chemically Rich Star

Gemini’s GHOST Captures Exquisite First Light Observations of a Bright, Chemically Rich Star

July 20, 2022

Gemini South, one of the world’s most productive and powerful optical-infrared telescopes, received a major capability boost with the successful...

NSF’s NOIRLab Launches “Teen Astronomy Café — To Go!”

NSF’s NOIRLab Launches “Teen Astronomy Café — To Go!”

July 14, 2022

NSF's NOIRLab’s Teen Astronomy Café educational program is proud to present its newest initiative: Teen Astronomy Café — To Go!...

Gemini North Spies Ultra-Faint Fossil Galaxy Discovered on Outskirts of Andromeda

Gemini North Spies Ultra-Faint Fossil Galaxy Discovered on Outskirts of Andromeda

June 30, 2022

An unusual ultra-faint dwarf galaxy has been discovered on the outer fringes of the Andromeda Galaxy thanks to the sharp...

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