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Gemini e-Newscast #126

December 20, 2019

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Galaxies lead a graceful existence on cosmic timescales. Over millions of years, they can engage in elaborate dances that produce some of Nature’s most exquisite and striking grand designs. Few are as captivating as the galactic duo known as NGC 5394/5, sometimes nicknamed the Heron Galaxy. The image was produced from data obtained under a Gemini Director's Discretionary Time proposal by Gemini Science Operations Specialist Jennifer Miller and Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage). The final composite image was processed under the NSF's Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. Follow this link to access the related Image Release for more details.

2020 Large & Long Programs Call for Proposals

Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for new Large and Long Programs. Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin observations in Semester 2020B. Large & Long programs either require significantly more time than a partner typically approves for a single program, or extend over two to six semesters, or both. Eligible PIs are also invited to submit proposals for Subaru Intensive Programs, via the Gemini-Subaru time exchange. Letters of Intent must be submitted no later than February 4, 2020, with complete proposals due April 1, 2020. Details on the program, the proposal process, and specifics on the 2020 proposal cycle are available on the Large and Long Program webpages.

Successful Completion of the 2020A Semester ITAC Process and Announcement of 2020A Programs

For the first time in the history of Gemini, the 2020A  semester was filled and all negotiations with every Partner completed without convening a meeting of the ITAC members. Marie Lemoine-Busserolle (ITAC Chair) and Jennifer Miller (ITAC Technical Secretary) worked remotely with the Partners to converge on the 2020A Gemini North and South program lists, negating the need for the scheduled December 5 ITAC meeting. This outcome is the result of a combination of Marie and Jennifer's work on simplifying the process and reducing human errors, and Marie’s negotiations with the representatives. Sandy Leggett, Jared Eckersley, Carlos Quiroz and Chris Stark supported Marie and Jennifer throughout, and we're grateful to the Partner ITAC representatives for their collaboration in the process. We continue to improve on the time allocation process and hope to set an example for future large, international observatories to follow. Here's to next time!

The GEMMA Podcast

In part III of the 2I/Borisov series, GEMMA intern Chance Spencer interviews University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer, Dr. Jacqueline Keane. They discuss the first interstellar comet, 2I/Borisov as well as her team’s study of the first interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua. Click this link to listen to part III.

Gemini Observatory at AAS 235

Once again this year, we will be offering personalized help at the Gemini booth in the National Science Foundation pavilion (#603) in the Exhibit Hall of the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. If you have Gemini data, an active observing program, or even a vague idea of a project, you can visit the Gemini booth any time during Exhibit Hall hours. You can book an appointment in advance by email to SUS_inquiries@gemini.edu or drop by during the meeting.

Also, come get your 20th Birthday Special Edition cards (2 new cards available) to add to your Gemini Card Game decks (basic 90-card deck also available)! Get a taste of how Gemini operates in a fun, cooperative game where players work together to complete science programs.
Sun Jan 5 12:45 - 1:45 pm Town Hall - NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory 313 A
Sun Jan 5 5:30 - 6:30 pm AEON: Progress in Networking Observatories and Tools for Follow-up in the ZTF/LSST Era 306 AB
Mon, Jan 6 9:30 - 11:30 am New science opportunities with the next generation Gemini North Adaptive Optics facility 306 AB
Tue, Jan 7 9:30 - 11:30 am Planets, exoplanets, and planet formation with Gemini Large and Long Programs  303 B
Tue Jan 7 6:00 - 7:00 pm Gemini Open House 304 AB
Tue Jan 7 7:00 - 9:00 pm An Evening with the Maunakea Observatories 323 A
 
Find the entire program with Open House, Town Hall, splinter sessions, talks and posters related to Gemini.
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