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Maunakea Skies Talk Series: Gemini Telescope

by Imiloa Astronomy Center on June 12th, 2018
Things That Go Bang in the Night – Gemini Observatory’s Past, Present and Future in “Time Domain” Astronomy
Friday, June 15 at 7:00pm
Presented By – Andy Adamson
Andy is Associate Director for Operations at the International Gemini Observatory, which operates two of the world’s largest astronomical telescopes – one on Maunakea, Hawaii, and one on Cerro Pachon in Chile. He has been with Gemini for about 8 years, prior to which he was the Associate Director for Science Operations at the UK Infrared Telescope, also based on Maunakea. His research field is the study of interstellar dust and molecules.
The Gemini telescope on Maunakea is one of the two largest open-access US astronomical telescope operating at visual and infrared wavelengths (the other is the other Gemini telescope, in Chile). Come learn more about the “two telescopes, one observatory” concept, which was originally coined back in the 1990s to describe the way we do astronomy on behalf our our international partnership, but in the 2020s will become a key to opening fully the time domain in astronomy. Hear highlights from the past year, including how Gemini contributed to observing the neutron-star merger gravitational wave event in August and the “interstellar interloper” asteroid `Oumuamua in January. Both of these events point the way to how Gemini will be enabling exciting science in the 2020s, when a new telescope opening next door to the Gemini South telescope in Chile will produce something like 10 million “alerts” (to things that go bang in the night) every single night!
Tickets: $10 ($8 for Members). Only at ʻImiloa.

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