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Gemini e-Newscast #124

October 21, 2019

In This e-Newscast:

Astronomers have uncovered two historic events in which the Andromeda Galaxy underwent major changes to its structure. The findings shed light not only on the evolution and formation of the Andromeda Galaxy, but also onto our own Milky Way Galaxy as well. Two of the facilities in NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, Kitt Peak National Observatory and the International Gemini Observatory, played critical roles in the research. Click here to read the full press release.

NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory Launched

On 1 October 2019, the nighttime astronomy facilities supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) transitioned to operating as one organization, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. The new organization operates five scientific programs: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, the Community Science and Data Center, Kitt Peak National Observatory (all formerly known as the National Optical Astronomy Observatory); Gemini Observatory and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Follow the link to read the full release.

Mark Your Calendars for the 20th Anniversary Gemini Science Meeting

Gemini Observatory invites its international user community to Seoul, Korea, for a special 20th anniversary Gemini Science Meeting (GSM) celebrating 20 years of innovative science operations and looking forward to even more exciting things to come. Hosted by the partnership’s newest member, the topics will include the latest scientific results from Gemini, news on current instrumentation projects, updates on operations developments, and lively discussion of Gemini’s strategic plans for the coming decade. The GSM will take place at the Seoul Millennium Hilton, June 21-25, 2020, followed by the KASI-sponsored K-GMT Users’ Meeting, also at the Millenium Hilton, on June 26th. For information and updates, see the Gemini Science Meeting 2020 website.

Request for Proposal: Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), on behalf of the Gemini Observatory, is soliciting competitive proposals to design and build the Gemini North Adaptive Optics Imager (GNAOI) for use on the Gemini North Telescope. GNAOI will be used with both a Gemini North multi-conjugate adaptive optics system (GNAO) now under development and a planned future ground layer adaptive optics system. Gemini expects the deadline for proposal submittals to be Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM MST. Full details can be found by clicking the link.

Semester 2020A Call for Proposals

Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2020A semester, 1 February 2020 – 31 July 2020. Submission deadline details and more can be found here.

The GEMMA Podcast

Gemini Observatory now officially has its own podcast hosted by our first GEMMA intern, Chance Spencer. Topics will include news related to multi-messenger astronomy (MMA), time-domain astronomy (TDA), Gemini’s visiting instruments program, recent discoveries involving Gemini data, and more! In this inaugural episode, Chance interviews Gemini North Science Fellow Thomas Seccull to discuss the recent interstellar visitor (C/2019 Q4) also known as 2I/Borisov. Click here to listen to episode one.
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