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Welcome to the home page of the Australian Gemini Office

The Australian Gemini Office (AusGO) hosted by the Australian Astronomical Observatory coordinates Australian usage of large offshore facilities including the Gemini 8.1 metre telescopes in Hawaii and Chile; the Subaru 8.2 metre telescope in Hawaii (via a time exchange agreement with Gemini); and the Magellan 6.5 metre telescopes in Chile. AusGO consists of the Australian Gemini Scientist (Stuart Ryder) and AusGO Research Fellow Caroline Foster based at the AAO, and the Joint AusGO / Macquarie University Lecturer in Astronomy Richard McDermid.

What's new on the AusGO and Gemini web sites?

Approval has now been given for an AAO-led consortium to proceed to construction of the Gemini High-resolution Optical Spectrograph (GHOS) (10/04/14)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop at the AAO from 1-4 April 2014 (8/04/14)

Gemini e-newscast #57 is now available (24/03/14)

Australian astronomers among those chosen to carry out Early Science with the Gemini Planet Imager (20/03/14)

Read about the experiences of our most recent Australian Gemini Undergraduate Summer Students, Rebecca Davies and Marcus Wong, on the AGUSS blog (14/03/14)

AAL and the Carnegie Institution agree to extend Australian access to Magellan through the end of 2017 (17/02/14)

AusGO is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Australian Gemini Astronomy Contests for students and for amateur astronomers (16/02/14)

Australian astronomers use the Magellan telescopes to confirm their discovery of the most iron-poor star ever (10/02/14)

The January 2014 issue of the GeminiFocus Newsletter, as well as the 2013 Year In Review issue, are now available (9/01/14)

The Winning Image from our 2013 Student Contest!

Image credit: Isobelle Teljega (St Margaret's Anglican School), Travis Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage), and the Australian Gemini Office

The face-on spiral galaxy IC5332.
Image proposed by Year 8 student Isobelle Teljega.

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