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Gemini e-Newscast #103

January 19, 2018

In This e-Newscast:

Game Over for Supernovae Hide & Seek

The Core-collapse Supernova Rate Problem, or the fact that we don’t see as many core-collapse supernovae as we would expect, has a solution, thanks to research using the Gemini South telescope. The research team, led by PhD student Erik Kool of Macquarie University in Australia, concludes that the majority of core collapse supernovae, exploding in luminous infrared galaxies, have previously not been found due to dust obscuration and poor spatial resolution. Learn more here.
SN 2013if with GeMS/GSAOI, from left to right with linear scaling: Reference image (June 2015), discovery image (April 2013) and the image subtraction. SN 2013if had a projected distance from the nucleus as small as 600 light years (200 pc), which makes it the second most nuclear CCSN discovery in a LIRG to date in the optical and near-IR after SN 2010cu.

Science and Evolution of Gemini Early Registration

Early registration for the Science and Evolution of Gemini Observatory meeting is now open. Register for special early-bird $435 rate!

January 2018 and 2017 Year in Review Issues of GeminiFocus Available

The January 2018 issue of GeminiFocus is now available electronically. This issue features Gemini’s contributions to classifying the first interstellar object observed within our solar system, 'Oumuamua. Highlights also include discovery of the most distant confirmed spiral galaxy and a quasar found in the epoch of reionization. Look for these stories and more in the January issue.

The 2017 Year in Review issue of GeminiFocus is also available electronically. The issue is a compilation of the four quarterly issues of GeminiFocus in 2017, including scientific highlights, new initiatives for more efficient and productive operations, public outreach features and much more.

Tom Geballe’s Last Observing Night

You may be aware that Tom Geballe is retiring after an astronomical career spanning many decades. Tom has been a prolific infrared astronomical spectroscopist and has been an excellent observer on the Gemini queue since that mode commenced in the early 2000s. Tom’s last queue observing night was the night of January 1st, 2018 (and it was a spectacularly good one!). Never fear though: Tom is switching to Emeritus Astronomer and will be around Gemini a while yet!
Tom and Carole Geballe, pictured at Hilo Base Facility just ahead of Tom’s last-ever queue observing night on Gemini North, New Year’s Day 2018!

Gemini Activities at the AAS

Henry Roe, Deputy Director of Gemini Observatory, shared the latest Observatory news and sought feedback from the user community on how to better achieve scientific goals at Gemini Open House.
Gemini astronomer André-Nicolas Chené (left) works with Gemini user Michael Rodruck from Penn State University with data reduction questions.
Gemini PIO manager Peter Michaud (second from left) leads a group of visiting students in an expansion of the Universe activity as part of a program for local K-12 students visiting the AAS meeting in Maryland.
Ken Hinkle (left), who led the NOAO/Gemini splinter session on Targets of Opportunity and the coming LSST Follow-up era. Speakers, left to right: Hinkle, Kasliwal, Adamson, Blum, Boroson.
Alison Peck (left), led the splinter session on Gemini Visiting Instruments on Wednesday morning, with about 30 people in attendance. Speakers, left to right: Peck, Hinkle, Horch, Carlin, Howell, Chené.
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