Image credit: Isobelle Teljega (St Margaret's Anglican School), Travis Rector (U. Alaska Anchorage), and the Australian Gemini Office.
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On 17 September 2013, the winning image from the 2013 Gemini School Astronomy Contest was unveiled to the public. Contest winner Isobelle Teljega, from St Margaret's Anglican School out side Brisbane, received a framed print of her image at an event held at the Year 8 student's school. The image shows the face-on spiral galaxy IC5332. Michael Drinkwater and Sarah Sweet from the University of Queensland gave an informative presentation to about 50 students from across years 8 to 12, on careers in physics in general, and astronomy in particular, with special emphasis on the equality of opportunities for women. The event featured a video connection to Peter Michaud at the Gemini Observatory headquarters in Hawaii.
The unveiling was mentioned in Gemini's eNewscast.
The Australian Gemini Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Gemini School Astronomy Contest is
The prizes for runners-up in the contest go to
St George Girls High School Astronomy Club and Jeff Stanger (Teacher) St George Girls High School, Kogarah, NSW.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to the many other entrants who did such a great job with their submissions.
And check back here soon for details about next year's contests!
This year, we are pleased to offer
contests in two separate divisions:
The entry deadline for the amateur contest is 29 March.
- a NEW competition for Australian amateur
- and our continuing competition for
students in Years 5 to 12.
The entry deadline for the student contest is 10 May.
Follow the links above for the details of each contest!
Contact InfoFor further inquiries, please contact Dr. Christopher Onken by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on (02) 6125 8039.
The Gemini ObservatoryNamed for the constellation of Gemini, "the twins", the Gemini Observatory consists of a pair of telescopes. One of these is located atop Cerro Pachon in the Andes Mountains of Chile; the other is on top of Mauna Kea in Hawai'i. At 8-metres in diameter, the Gemini telescopes are among the largest optical telescopes in the world, and are the premier facilities to which the entire Australian astronomical community has access. The particular instrument used in the contest is GMOS, the Gemini Mulit-Object Spectrograph, which provides the ability both to take fantastic images and to study the spectra of several hundred objects at a time. Each of the Gemini telescopes has a copy of the GMOS instrument, and they are the most heavily used instruments in Gemini's toolbox. For more information about Gemini, visit the Gemini Observatory website, see the Gemini FAQ, or go to the home page of the Australian Gemini Office.
Contest OrganisersThe Australian Gemini Office
in conjunction with
Dr. Christopher Onken (ANU)
Dr. Terry Bridges (Queen's University, Canada)
Mr. Robert Hollow (CSIRO/ATNF)
Ms. Helen Sim (CSIRO/ATNF)
Prof. Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage, USA)
Australian Gemini Office, ausgo -@- aao.gov.au