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April 29, 2005

Installation of Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope

Installation of the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Feb. 6, 1998.

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Gemini is an international partnership involving the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The project involves the operation of two 8-meter telescopes: One in the Northern Hemisphere on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and one in the Southern Hemisphere on Cerro Pachon, Chile. The twin telescopes are infrared-optimized, have superb image quality, and provide unprecedented optical and infrared coverage of the northern and southern skies for astronomical research. Scientific operations began on Gemini North in 2000 and on Gemini South in summer 2001. These telescopes provide astronomers from the partnership countries with world-class observing facilities. Observing time is assigned on the basis of scientific merit. The National Science Foundation acts as the executive agency for the partnership, and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA), a consortium of 20 major universities, manages the Gemini Observatory.


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