Gemini staff contributions
News for Users
Register now for International Astronomical Union Symposium
357; advisory group meets twice to help develop plans for
Gemini’s future in the era of multi-messenger and time-
domain astronomy; laser guide star observing is now available
at Gemini North throughout the semester; development of
the Next Generation Natural Guide Star sensor for GeMS
has achieved a major milestone; we take stock of program
completion statistics for Semester 2018B; and Gemini North
stands tough against severe winter winds.
Registration is Open for IAU Symposium 357
Registration is now open for International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium 357:
White Dwarfs as Probes of Fundamental Physics and Tracers of Planetary, Stellar and Ga-
lactic Evolution, which will be held in Hilo, Hawai’i, from October 21-25, 2019. Full details,
and a link to the registration site, can be found on the conference website. The deadline for
registration is June 30, 2019. Space is limited so please register early.
Applications for travel grants are also now open. Please note the earlier deadline of May 31,
2019, to allow processing and approval by the IAU.
GEMMA-TDA Advisory Group Assembled
Guided by a Gemini Science and Technology Advisory Committee action regarding time-
domain astronomy (TDA) and multi-messenger follow-up, we have assembled a represen-
tative team of astronomers from across the Partnership to advise us on our developing
plan for TDA. This advisory group, chaired by Abhijit Saha of the National Optical Astrono-
my Observatory (NOAO), has had two meetings as of early March.