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Gemini e-Newscast #67

January 21, 2015

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Gemini Users Set Record with Publications and AO Results in 2014

Gemini users completed 2014 with a record number of publications, and the use of adaptive optics (AO) continued to increase. Users published a total of 224 refereed papers, 131 using Gemini North and 128 using Gemini South. (Note that some papers make use of data from both telescopes.) Over 20% (51 papers) relied on Gemini’s AO systems. 2014 was the first year for Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) science observations after commissioning, starting with public data and system verification. Among the AO results: six GPI papers were published during the year, and two more are currently in press. Marshall Perrin (Space Telescope Science Institute) presented some GPI results at a press conference during the American Astronomical Society meeting earlier this month. (See the Gemini media advisory, which includes a link to a video of the press conference.)
The full list of 2014 Gemini publications is online and searchable.
Screenshot of Marshall Perrin (STScI) presenting GPI results at AAS 225.

Letters of Intent for 2015B Large and Long Programs Due February 2

The announcement of opportunity for new Large and Long Programs at Gemini is now open. This opportunity is for observations beginning in semester 2015B. The first step is for investigators to submit (via email) a letter of intent by February 2, 2015. See the Gemini web page for more information, including eligibility details.

Fast Turnaround: First Deadline is January 31

Gemini is now accepting proposals for the first cycle of the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot program. This cycle is for observations at Gemini North starting as soon as March 9, 2015. See the current call for proposals for more details. Background information on the program is also posted. This open-ended trial of the FT mode will continue with monthly deadlines and we welcome your feedback so we can optimize this novel opportunity for Gemini’s user community.

GeminiFocus 2014 Year in Review is Now Available

The latest issues of the GeminiFocus newsletter are now available. Follow the links to select your preferred version, either the most recent quarterly update or the full 2014 year in review. Both are available as an e-reader or PDF.
Gemini Legacy image of the galaxy group VV 166, obtained using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS), at the Gemini North telescope located on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i. In this image, north is up, east left, and the field of view is 5.2 x 5.2 arcminutes. Composite color image produced by Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage. Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA
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