October 23, 2019

Two Maunakea Observatories Reveal the History of our Large Galactic Neighbor

The nearest large galaxy to us – the Andromeda Galaxy – is a good place to study the history of galaxies like our own Milky Way, from the outside, without the complication of being embedded within. Two Maunakea observatories – Gemini and the Canada-France Hawaii Telescope – provided critical data for studying the motions of star clusters in the outer […]
September 20, 2019
Chad Trujillo

Former Gemini Astronomer Awarded the 2019 Paolo Farinella Prize

Former Gemini astronomer Chad Trujillo along with Scott Sheppard were recipients of the 2019 Farinella Prize awarded on September 16th in Geneva, Switzerland for their outstanding collaborative work on the observational characterisation of the Kuiper belt and the Neptune-trojan population. Trujillo, who served as a staff astronomer at Gemini North from 2003 to 2016, is currently an assistant professor in […]
August 15, 2019

Total Annihilation for Supermassive Stars

Gemini Observatory captures critical data on an exotic stellar explosion that’s challenging astronomers to rethink how the most massive stars end their lives. A renegade exploding star (known as SN 2016iet) focuses on a new breed of supernova that can utterly annihilate its parent star — leaving no remnant behind. This signature event is something astronomers had never witnessed before, […]